New Delhi: The DMRC’s newly opened Jahangirpuri-Samaypur Badli Section and the Receiving Sub Station(RSS) at Mukundpur Depot of the Delhi Metro have been awarded the highest possible rating (Platinum) for adherence to green building norms, by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), which has devised a rating mechanism for Metro stations and buildings on a scale of platinum, gold, silver etc for following the green building specifications. The Platinum ratings were also awarded to the DMRC residential Complex Metro Enclave at Saket while the DMRC headquarters at Metro Bhawan received ‘Gold’ ratings for maintaining the green building norms.
The awards were given today during the 2nd National Conference on ‘Green Metro Systems’ at Metro Bhawan, organised by DMRC and IGBC, a part of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). A Web Application for monitoring Solar Energy Generation by DMRC was also launched during the inaugural session of this daylong conference.
IGBC’s Green Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) Rating is the World’s first exclusive rating system to address sustainability in new Mono Rail and Metro Rail systems. This rating system is a tool to enable new Rail based MRTS to apply green concepts during design & construction, so as to further reduce environmental impacts that are measurable. The overarching objective of IGBC Green MRTS Rating is to ensure environmental sustainability, while enhancing commuter experience.
Delhi Metro is developing all its stations of Phase 3 as green buildings. Adhering to green building norms, 12 metro stations of the Delhi Metro network in phase III of the project have already been awarded with platinum, the highest possible rating by the Indian Green Building Council. This achievement will help stations to reduce their power consumption by 35%.
DMRC’s Managing Director and the chief guest for the occasion, Dr. Mangu Singh stressed on the importance of adopting green technologies and said,” 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.” Dr. Singh emphasized on the water recycling and solar initiatives carried out by Delhi Metro which reflects the organizations efforts at the micro level.
Applauding DMRC for its various green initiatives, Dr. Prem C Jain, Chairman, IGBC said, ”Sustainability and enhanced commuting experience is built-up in DMRC system by design. DMRC has set a benchmark in maintaining the ‘Green’ norms and has inspired other upcoming Metro systems in the country to follow its path of sustainable development.
Sh. A K Gupta, Director (Electrical), DMRC and the Chairman for the occasion highlighted on the different green initiatives by DMRC. He said that adherence to green building norms in Delhi Metro starts as early as in the construction phase itself.
The National Conference on ‘Green Metro Systems’ was attended by delegates from other Metro Systems in the country and renowned speakers on Sustainable Urban Development from different sectors. All the senior officers from DMRC were also present during the conference.
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