Chennai Central gets a green tag
The railway station has incorporated several eco-friendly concepts, says Southern Railways GM
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.