The Indira Gandhi International Airport is soon going to have high-speed transport network with the forthcoming Jewar Airport. The center and Uttar Pradesh government are considering to construct a 64 km long upraised road linking the IGI airport with Jewar, where an international airport is all set to be constructed.
The vision is to build a committed elevated road, which will ensure different modes of communication between the two airports.
Rail India Technical and Economical Service (RITES), a multi-disciplinary central government agency was appointed last year by the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) to carry out a practical study of the project and submit the report in the first week of March.
RITES is also considering some other modes of transport networking between the two destinations. The study on various means of transport is expected to shed light on the public transport systems that are most suitable for linking Jewar Airport Project and IGI Airport.
There is a major requirement for direct transport network between the two airports and RITES study revolves around what these links should be, according to YEIDA officials. The study anticipates how Jewar Airport Projects could be linked through the Eastern Peripheral Expressway via Palwal and Manesar. Major primary regions of the national capital apart from the remote areas of Uttar Pradesh to Jewar are also under consideration.
The study will also decide whether the proposed elevated extension should operate parallel to the Yamuna Expressway and the Noida Expressway, moving all the way to Sarai Kale Khan in South-east Delhi, or link directly through Faridabad. The entity is also discussing other means of transport, including a rapid rail transport system (RRTS), Bus Rapid Transit, Tram, Pod Taxi, etc.
According to Arunvir Singh, CEO of YEIDA, Currently, the driving time between the IGI airport and Jewar Airport is almost two hours. The Government is discussing linking the Jewar and IGI airports via three means of communication- metro, high-speed metro, and an upraised road.
“We are expecting for reports to be submitted in the early next month and for once we have the study in place, we would be going forward. It would be necessary to develop various means of accommodations between the two destinations for the convenience of the public when the upcoming airport at Jewar starts operating by 2022-23,’’ he concluded.