Chennai Central became the first Station in Southern Railway to get the prestigious Green Building Certification. The Confederation of Indian Industry – instituted - IGBC (Indian Green Building Council) Green Building Certifcation was awarded to Chennai Central at a Railway SWACHCHTA Programme at Chennai Central Railway Station Today.
The green building rating to Chennai Central Railway Station was given for incorporating some of the finest green building concepts & features in the station. The award was given under IGBC Green Railway Stations Rating System. Shri C N Raghavendran, Chairman, IGBC Chennai Chapter presented IGBC plaque & certificate to Shri R.K. Kulshrestha, General Manager, Southern Railway in the presence of Mr Naveen Gulati, Divisional Railway Manager, Chennai Division, Southern Railway, Principal Heads of Departments of Southern Railway, invitees and volunteers during a Railway Swachhta programme organised at the Station.
Green Railway Stations rating is a tool to facilitate adoption of green concepts, thereby reducing the adverse environmental impacts due to station’s operation & maintenance. The overarching principle of the rating is to enhance commuter’s experience. The rating system facilitates- energy efficiency improvements; use of renewable energy sources; water management and rain water harvesting; health, hygiene and sanitation; green cover and providing universal access.
Some of the green features implemented at Chennai Central Railway Station evaluated by the Indian Green Building Council include the following:
Well-developed passenger amenities - Pick up and Drop points, Seating, waiting hall, Pay & Use Toilets, Prepaid Ac waiting hall, AC dormitory, Emergency medical care (Stretchers, 24x7 Doctor, Nurse, e-shuttle vehicle inside station building, Mobile charging points on every platform, Elevators, Trolley Based Luggage Assistants, Drinking Water points.
· 100% LED lighting fixtures
· 100% BEE 5-star rated fans
· Solar Panels on Exposed Station Roof area above New Concourse to generate
· Solar water heaters to meet 90% of the hot water requirements
· Segregation of waste at source and facilitate recycling (or) environment friendly
· 60% water efficient plumbing fixtures
· Water Recycling Plant (Capacity-10 lakh litres/day)
· Rainwater harvesting for recharging the local aquifer
· smart passenger’s information systems & services at the station for convenient
and comfortable commuting experience
Expressing delight over this major achievement, Shri C N Raghavendran congratulated team Chennai Central Railway Station and underlined that the award of IGBC rating to Chennai Central Railway Station will encourage other railway stations in the Country go the green way, he added. He said that, IGBC aspires to facilitate 10 billion sq.ft of green building footprint by 2022 and team Indian Railways will play a major role in achieving this vision and in the process facilitate in building a greener & healthier India, he highlighted.
At present, IGBC is working with 40 other stations in Indian Railways for their certification.