New Delhi: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is going to replace all the lamps at its stations, depots, and residential complexes with LED lights. The transition is expected to reduce the metro’s energy consumption by at least 40 per cent.
The Delhi Metro on Wednesday signed two memorandums of understanding (MoUs) for having LED lighting and developing green building certification norms for metros globally.
“The MoU for LED lighting has been signed with Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. Under the pact, energy-efficient LED lights will be installed at all metro stations, depots, and residential complexes. The move will not only lead to the consumption of 40 per cent less energy, but will also save approximately Rs. 7 crore annually,” said a metro official. The second MoU signed between the DMRC and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), an international green building certifying agency, was for jointly developing norms for the green building certification of metro stations and depots in India as well as across the globe.
As per the agreement, the DMRC and the GBCI will jointly rate metro stations and depots for green building certification not only in India, but across the world. “These initiatives are part of the DMRC’s efforts towards the development of eco-friendly infrastructure. The metro is developing all its stations under phase 3 as green buildings. The parking areas for phase-III will also have LED lights,” the official said.
Besides, all the metro stations on the Badarpur–Escorts Mujesar corridor as well as the Janpath, Mandi House and ITO stations, which were opened recently, have already received platinum green building ratings.
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In solar power too, the metro is actually leading the way with an installed capacity of 2.8 megawatt.
“Out target is to generate up to 20 MW of power through solar energy by the end of 2016. The opening of phase III network will give us this breakthrough,” said the official.