Despite the Covid-19 pandemic slowing down the high-speed Airport Express Line’s extension deeper into the Dwarka sub-city, the project is expected to become operational by March next year. A large part of the tunnelling work of the 1.7 km long stretch of the corridor and civil work of an underground station are almost complete.
The 1.7 km long underground section will extend the standalone corridor of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) between New Delhi Metro Station and Dwarka Sector-21 to Dwarka Sector-25, to link it to the upcoming India International Convention and Exhibition Centre (IICC). The civil work of the underground station, which is coming up inside the IICC complex, is almost complete. DMRC plans to provide connectivity from the underground station to the Convention Centre through subways, which have been constructed already.
Construction work of the Rs 310 crore project had started in 2018 and was expected to be completed by 2021 but Covid-19 put a spanner in DMRC’s work. The corporation has, however, been working on a war footing to complete the project by March 2022.
Officials said that the tunnelling work was mostly complete, and the station’s civil work had been completed too. DMRC is now working on laying standard gauge tracks and finishing other necessary installations at the station.
“This will be an important extension of the Airport Line as IICC is expected to attract visitors from across the world,” an official said.