August 23, 2008

Special Tunnel for Baggage Safety at IGI

By Megha Suri

New Delhi: With cases of baggage getting misplaced in transit and even pilferage by airport staff becoming a common phenomenon , Times City tried to find out how Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) plans to secure the bags checked-in at the two City Airport Terminals - at New Delhi Railway Station and Shivaji Terminus.

The corporation is actually creating a special tunnel at the airport end, to ensure the safe passage of baggage from the metro station at IGI to the new airport terminal . Unlike the case of most Airport Express Metros the world over, which terminate inside the Airport terminal buildings , DMRC's line runs between Terminal 3 and Terminal 4, currently being developed by Delhi International Airport (P) Limited (DIAL).

" This had to be done as the terminals and the metro line are both beingdeveloped simultaneously, and with tight deadlines . The baggage could not be carried by road as it has already been put through security checks. A special tunnel is being constructed between the Metro station and Terminal 3, provision for another tunnel is being left for similar connectivity with Terminal 4 when it gets operational," explained Anuj Dayal, DMRC's Chief Public Relations Officer.

The special tunnel will be 3X4 metres in dimension and will have a double layer conveyer belt system, which will automatically transport the baggage from the metro station to the baggage make-up area of Terminal 3. This is a feature specific to Delhi Metro, to ensure that there is no pilferage with the bags and to also ensure that anti-national elements cannot access them.

All the trains of this line have been specially designed and are going to be different from the existing trains. The trains will be six-coach cars where half-a-coach in each train will be reserved specially for baggage. Even the passenger compartments will be designed for a seating space for 80 passengers with comfortable leather seats and extra room for baggage for those who are unable to check their bags in with the airlines.

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