Green bldg cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for Cen­tral rly sta­tion

Sunday Express - - CHENNAI -

FOR in­cor­po­rat­ing green con­cepts and en­vi­ron­ment-friendly fea­tures in Chen­nai Cen­tral Sta­tion, South­ern Rail­way was awarded with Green Build­ing Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion by Indian Green Build­ing Coun­cil gov­erned by the Con­fed­er­a­tion of Indian In­dus­try as part of the Rail­way SWACHCHTA pro­gram on Satur­day.

The award was given un­der Green Rail­way Sta­tions Rat­ing Sys­tem for adopt­ing green con­cepts in the sta­tion’s op­er­a­tion and main­te­nance in a bid to re­duce ad­verse en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts, a press re­lease said.

The rat­ing sys­tem eval­u­ates rail­way sta­tions based on en­ergy ef­fi­ciency im­prove­ments, ways of wa­ter man­age­ment and rain wa­ter har­vest­ing and in the over­all care taken to keep up the health and hy­giene con­di­tions. At present, the coun­cil is work­ing with 40 other rail­way sta­tions for their cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Pres­ence of fa­cil­i­ties like seat­ing, wait­ing hall, pay and use toi­lets, emer­gency med­i­cal care, e- shut­tle ve­hi­cle in­side sta­tion build­ing, mo­bile charg­ing points on ev­ery plat­form, drink­ing wa­ter points and more has earned Chen­nai Cen­tral this cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Some of the green fea­tures im­ple­mented at Chen­nai Cen­tral sta­tion eval­u­ated by the coun­cil in­clude 100 per cent LED light­ing fix­tures, 100 per cent BEE 5-star rated fans, in­stal­la­tion of so­lar pan­els on roofs, seg­re­ga­tion of waste at source, rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing for recharg­ing the lo­cal aquifer and smart pas­sen­ger in­for­ma­tion sys­tems.

Swach­hta Hi Seva cam­paign

South­ern Rail­way kick started this year’s Clean­li­ness fort­night - Swach­hta Hi Seva on Satur­day with a sig­na­ture cam­paign and aware­ness at Chen­nai Cen­tral Sta­tion. Rail pas­sen­gers, em­ploy­ees and chil­dren signed the Swach­hta ban­ner to ex­press their sol­i­dar­ity with rail­way’s clean­li­ness mis­sion. A mime show by scouts and guides was or­gan­ised as part of the aware­ness cam­paign.

EX­PRESS

South­ern Rail­way Gen­eral Man­ager R K Kul­shrestha and Chen­nai DRM Naveen Gu­lati be­ing pre­sented the IGBC award by C N Raghaven­dran, Chair­man, IGBC-Chen­nai Chap­ter at Cen­tral rail­way sta­tion in the city on Satur­day |

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