According to Minister of State of Railways, Rajen Gohain, all major Railway establishments including building, production units/workshops, stations, hospitals, schools and training centres are to be covered for Green Certification from any of the Recognised Certification Body. Criteria for Green Certification of Railway establishments include parameters having direct relation to environment improvement, such as, Energy conservation measures, use of renewable, Water recycling/rain water harvesting, Waste management (Solid & Liquids) and its disposal, Tree Plantation/ Green cover, etc.
Also, Railways is going in for station redevelopment in a major way. Station redevelopment is planned by leveraging commercial development of land & air space in and around stations, i.e. vacant railway land and air space not required by Railways for its immediate operational needs shall be leased out to interested parties for setting up commercial establishments. The revenues realized from commercial development of stations should be sufficient to at least cover the entire cost of station redevelopment after meeting the full expenditure on real estate development and Maintenance obligations, i.e. station redevelopment project would be cost neutral to Railways.
It may be recalled here that an MoU between Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) and National Building Construction Corporation Ltd. was signed in June last year for redevelopment of 10 stations viz. Tirupati, Delhi Sarai Rohilla, Nellore, Madgaon, Charbagh (Lucknow), Gomtinagar, Kota, Thane New, Ernakulam Jn. and Puducherry as a part of the SMART City project launched by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. Contracts have been awarded for redevelopment of Gomtinagar and Charbagh (Lucknow) railway stations. Bids have been invited for redevelopment of Puducherry and Tirupati stations.