India : Star-rating system development for railway stations

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Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) had previously announced that 102 ‘green’ metro stations in Delhi are going green and is now developing a special rating system for all 400 railway stations to ensure that these stations achieve green standards.  IGBC will partner with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMR) to work on the additional 200 metro stations as energy saving stations.

According to Dr P C Jain, Chairman of IGBC, the rating system is to be developed in the next six months and will be applicable to existing stations in Gujarat and other parts of the country.

Under the project to re-develop and transform 400 railway stations into energy saving “green” entities, solar photovoltaic panels will be used for the roofs to generate electricity. Other features will be enhanced, such as installing LED lights, while also providing added ventilation, cleaner toilets and rainwater harvesting systems.

Stations from Gujarat is expected to be chosen for the pilot projects for this new rating system. The state government and the central government will be partly funding the “green” railway stations.

Prime Minister Narenda Modi had recently inaugurated about nine stations on the Badarpur-Faridabad stretch of the Delhi Metro which are now currently run by solar energy, rain water harvesting system, sewage treatment plants and other energy saving equipment.

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