Chennai Cen­tral gets a green tag

The rail­way sta­tion has in­cor­po­rated sev­eral eco-friendly con­cepts, says South­ern Rail­ways GM

The Hindu - - CHENNAI - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

The iconic brick red struc­ture that the Chennai Cen­tral rail­way sta­tion is, now has a ‘green cer­ti­fi­ca­tion’ With this, the rail­way sta­tion be­comes the first sta­tion in South­ern Rail­way to be awarded Green Build­ing Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

The In­dian Green Build­ing Coun­cil (IGBC), in­sti­tuted by the Con­fed­er­a­tion of In­dian In­dus­try, awarded the cer­tifi­cate dur­ing the Rail­way Swachchta pro­gramme at the Chennai Cen­tral rail­way sta­tion on Satur­day.

Speak­ing at the pro­gramme, South­ern Rail­way Gen­eral Man­ager R.K. Kul­shrestha said the green build­ing rat­ing for the rail­way sta­tion was given af­ter it in­cor­po­rated sev­eral con­cepts and fea­tures which the rat­ing re­quires.

C.N. Raghaven­dran, chair­man, IGBC Chennai Chap­ter, pre­sented the IGBC plaque and cer­tifi­cate to Mr. Kul­shrestha. Naveen Gu­lati, Di­vi­sional Rail­way Man­ager, Chennai di­vi­sion, was present at the func­tion.

The IGBC, af­ter eval­u­at­ing the green fea­tures im­ple­mented in the rail­way sta­tion, awarded the cer­tifi­cate.

The rail­way green build­ing projects in­clude fa­cil­i­ties like 100% LED light­ing fix­tures, in­stal­la­tion of 5-star rated fans, so­lar en­ergy, so­lar water heaters and seg­re­ga­tion of waste at source along with waste re­cy­cling.

The South­ern Rail­way has also im­proved the pas­sen­ger ameni­ties by cre­at­ing sep­a­rate pick-up and drop points, seat­ing ar­range­ments, wait­ing hall, pay-and-use toi­lets, air-con­di­tioned dor­mi­tory, emer­gency med­i­cal care fa­cil­ity, and trol­ley-based lug­gage as­sis­tants.

The rail­way sta­tion also has smart pas­sen­ger’s in­for­ma­tion sys­tems and ser­vices. IGBC is work­ing with 40 other sta­tions in In­dian Rail­ways for the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

South­ern Rail­way Gen­eral Man­ager R.K. Kul­shrestha at the Chennai Cen­tral Rail­way Sta­tion dur­ing the Rail­way Swachchta pro­gramme on Satur­day; C.N. Raghaven­dran (sec­ond from right), Chair­man, IGBC Chennai Chap­ter, pre­sent­ing the IGBC plaque.

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