May 22, 2016

Metro gets green award


New achievement:The Indian Green Building Council has devised a rating mechanism for metro stations and buildings on a scale of platinum, gold, silver, etc., for following green building specifications.— File Photo

Delhi Metro’s newly-opened Jahangirpuri-Samaypur Badli section and the Receiving Sub-Station (RSS) at Mukundpur Depot have received the highest platinum rating for following green building norms by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC).

The IGBC has devised a rating mechanism for metro stations and buildings on a scale of platinum, gold, silver, etc., for following green building specifications.

Platinum ratings were also awarded to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) residential Complex metro enclave at Saket, while the DMRC headquarters at Metro Bhavan received a gold rating for maintaining green building norms.

“Green Metro Systems”

The awards were given on Friday during the second national conference on “Green Metro Systems” at Metro Bhavan. During the inaugural session, the DMRC also launched a web application for monitoring solar energy generation.

The IGBC’s Green Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) Rating is the world’s first exclusive rating system to address sustainability in the new monorail and metro rail systems. This rating system is a tool to enable new rail-based MRTS to apply green concepts during design and construction so as to further reduce environmental impacts that are measurable, said a DMRC spokesperson.

The objective of the IGBC Green MRTS Rating is to ensure environmental sustainability, while enhancing commuter experience.

“The Delhi Metro is developing all its phase 3 stations as green buildings. Adhering to green building norms, 12 metro stations of the Delhi Metro network in phase 3 of the project have already been awarded a platinum rating by the IGBC. This achievement will help stations to reduce their power consumption by 35 per cent,” the spokesperson said.

“The metro, being a mass transit rail-based system, is in any case environment-friendly. But we are continuously striving to make it more and more energy efficient with focus on greater care for the environment.” said DMRC Managing Director Mangu Singh.

He emphasised water recycling and solar initiatives carried out by Delhi Metro, which reflects the organisation’s efforts at the micro level.

“Sustainability and enhanced commuting experience is built up in the DMRC system by design. The DMRC has set a benchmark in maintaining green norms and has inspired other upcoming metro systems in the country to follow its path of sustainable development,” said IGBC chairman Prem C. Jain.

Jahangirpuri-Samaypur Badli section and the Receiving Sub-Station (RSS) at Mukundpur Depot have received the highest platinum rating for following green building norms

Source - the hindu