KOCHI (Metro Rail News): In a significant move Kochi Metro Rail Limited has decided to adopt a circular economy, an approach to sustainable development. The circular economy is a new way of creating value, and ultimately prosperity, through extending product lifespan and relocating the waste from the end of the supply chain to the beginning – in effect, using resources more efficiently by using them more than once.
“Kochi metro will start the use of building materials with recycled content to reduce dependence on virgin materials for less important areas. Use of local building materials and minimising environmental impacts from transportation is also under consideration”, a statement said.
“KMRL is known for its sustainable development. The Circular Economy is gaining attention worldwide. Through adopting circular economy KMRL can work on the concept of reduce, reusce, redesign and regenerate. ” said Alkesh Kumar Sharma IAS, MD KMRL.
The new policy will encourage the use of materials with low emissions, so as to reduce adverse health impacts on the general public. KMRL has decided to maximize usage of structural steel in stations, especially in entry/exits and thereby reducing the quantity of cement concrete consumed·
“As part of the new policy, KMRL will ensure reuse of removed materials from old road formations and building foundations/ walls etc. KMRL will ensure that usage of plastic and other polymers are reduced. KMRL will encourage usage of re-usable items or recyclable items in the case of daily use for site workers. KMRL has also planned to prepare centralized storage for identified reusable materials until put into actual use”, an official said.
“KMRL will ensure that materials for disposal like used oil or packing material shall be disposed of through authorized agencies without burning or burying in the ground. Introduction of noise reduction measures during construction for the effective control of noise pollution in construction site·There are plans to preserve topsoil and restore wherever it is feasible”, he added.