New Delhi and CSMT awarded platinum rating
Recently, New Delhi railway station has been recertified with the Platinum Green Station rating by Indian Green Building Council. Some of the key features of the New Delhi railway station include passenger-friendly amenities, health, hygiene, and sanitation initiatives, as well as energy and water-efficient measures. A few days ago, Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) railway station became the first Indian Railways’ station in the state of Maharashtra to be awarded Gold certification under Confederation of Indian Industry’s IGBC ratings.
Some of the environment-friendly features of CSMT include installation of 17 occupancy sensors in various offices and waiting rooms, installation of ‘Avoid Usage of Plastic Bags’ signages, comprehensive mechanized cleaning done at concourse, parking places, circulating areas, station platforms, rail tracks, rooftops, waiting halls, shutters, etc.
The IGBC Green Railway Stations rating system aims to address environmental sustainability in railway stations across the Indian Railways network. The overarching objective of the IGBC rating system is to facilitate the adoption of green concepts, thereby minimizing the adverse environmental impacts due to station maintenance and operation, as well as enhance the overall commuter experience at the railway station. The IGBC Green Railway Stations rating system is said to help the station management understand their present position with respect to the station’s ‘green performance’ and the steps that need to be taken in order to enhance the performance on a continual basis.