DMRC plans more speed, frequency for Airport Express Line

Written by fe Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Jul 31 2013, 09:27am hrs
A month after the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) took over the Airport Express Line from Reliance Infra, the operator plans to make the 22.7-km line popular by increasing the frequency of trains from 15 minutes to 10 minutes.

The operating speed of the trains would also be increased to 80 kmph from the existing 70 kmph. This will eventually lead to an increase in ridership, making it financially feasible. It is estimated that the Reliance group-promoted Delhi Airport Metro Express was losing R4 crore every month. While the Delhi Metro projected that the line would have a daily ridership of 40,000 people, the actual ridership is about a fourth of that, at around 10,000.

According to the DMRC, the move of increasing the frequency would increase the passenger traffic on the line. According to our estimation, monthly expenditure was R7 crore, while revenue stood at R3 crore. If the problem could have been solved by simply lowering ticket prices, Reliance would have done it. We will examine the situation and assess the liability, DMRC director-operations Sharat Sharma said.