Indian Railways is not just developing some of the selected stations into world class stations but also converting them into ‘green’ stations. The latest stations to be added to the growing list of ‘green’ stations are Hazrat Nizamuddin and Anand Vihar stations. The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) has already identified Anand Vihar and Hazrat Nizamuddin stations as ‘green’ railway stations, though the ‘green’ certificate is still awaited.
Green plants and shrubs have been planted outside these station. That apart, these stations will soon have various facilities including air-conditioned lounge, steel benches, deluxe toilets, clean drinking water etc. The arrival and departure areas have been cleaned for the convenient occupancy of passengers. These stations are already equipped with facilities like Wi-Fi, LED lights, solar panels for power generation, among others.
CII-IGBC with the support of Environment Directorate of Indian Railway has developed the Green Railway Stations rating system. IGBC Green Railway Stations rating system is a voluntary and consensus based programme.
IGBC Green Railway Stations rating system is the first of its kind holistic rating in India to address environmental sustainability in Indian railway stations. The overarching objective of the rating is to facilitate adoption of green concepts, thereby reduce the adverse environmental impacts due to station operation & maintenance, and enhance the overall commuter experience at station. The rating system will help the station management to understand their present position with respect to the ‘green performance’ of the station and the measures that need to be taken to enhance the performance on a continual basis.