New Delhi, India (Urban Transport News): In a groundbreaking move to enhance passenger connectivity and convenience, Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) is set to establish a state-of-the-art multi-modal transport hub near Aerocity. The ambitious project aims to seamlessly integrate various modes of transportation, including an interstate bus terminus, the Phase IV lines of the Delhi Metro Rail Network, a Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS) station, and a Passenger Transport Centre.
IGIA's visionary initiative is part of a broader strategy to elevate the overall passenger experience, beginning even before travelers reach the airport premises. Recent reports from December 16 have revealed the airport's intention to construct a new Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) close to the airport.
The proposed multi-modal interstate transport hub at Aerocity is poised to revolutionize travel for passengers from neighboring states. It will encompass key elements such as an interstate bus terminus, the upcoming Phase IV line of the Delhi Metro, the proposed RRTS station, and a Passenger Transport Centre. Additionally, an automated passenger mover (APM) station will be a vital component of this cutting-edge transport hub.
Currently, one of the significant challenges faced by IGIA is the absence of proper parking facilities for interstate buses. To address this issue, the ISBT will be developed in consultation with the Delhi government's transport department, catering to the long-distance passengers arriving from the hinterland.
The multi-modal hub is strategically positioned to offer seamless connectivity to IGIA for passengers hailing from Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. Recognizing the airport's role as the capital's primary gateway, the project aims to facilitate hassle-free travel through metro systems, buses, and the RRTS.
The ISBT's development will unfold in a phased manner, with architectural designs prioritizing optimal intermodal connectivity, efficient circulation, and pedestrian-friendly subway connections. The hub is expected to manage around 50 buses, providing top-tier passenger amenities akin to those at the airport. These include retail outlets, food and beverage options, electric vehicle charging stations, transit facilities, comfortable waiting areas, waiting halls, a business center, internet or Wi-Fi services, and souvenir shops.
Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, CEO of Delhi International Airport Limited, emphasized the transformative nature of the project. He stated, "India’s first multimodal transport hub, which will integrate bus, metro, and air services, is a transformative project that redefines passenger convenience by offering enhanced facilities for bus travelers."
IGIA's visionary approach to establishing a multi-modal transport hub sets a new standard for transportation ecosystems. By prioritizing the needs of bus users and leveraging cutting-edge infrastructure, the airport is poised to redefine passenger convenience and inclusivity in the realm of transportation.