Green Ticket for 4 Chennai Metro Stations -min
Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) has given green certification for four underground stations operational in Phase-1 of Chennai metro rail for adopting green concepts in design, construction and operation. Chennai Metro became operational in 2015. Four stations which are granted green certification are Thirumangalam, Anna Nagar Tower, Anna Nagar East and Shenoy Nagar. These stations have received platinum rating and global leadership recognition from IGBC. The ratings and recognition are given on the eco-friendly features in the stations.
There may be still more good news in the offing for Chennai Metro as the Corporation has submitted documents for three other stations and they are under process by IGBC. It may be noted that thirteen elevated stations including Little Mount, Guindy, Nanganallur Road, Meenambakkam, Airport, Koyambedu, CMBT, Vadapalani, Alandur and St Thomas Mount had received the certification earlier last year.
The Chennai Metro has a mix of underground and elevated stations. The construction began in June 2009 and the first stretch covering seven stations from Koyambedu to Alandur over a distance of 10 kilometres, began operation on 29 June 2015. Tunnels for the Chennai Metro were drilled using TBMs brought from Russia and China. Tunnels were bored 50 feet below the surface, and each kilometer of tunneling cost 3,000 million.
Nowadays Metro Railways in India are becoming environment conscious. For example, last year the Delhi Metro Railway Corporation (DMRC) became the worlds first ever Metro system to get a green certification for all its major buildings and installations.
IGBC, which is part of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), launched IGBC green mass rapid transit system (MRTS) 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. IGBC Green MRTS rating system is a voluntary and consensus based programme. The rating system has been developed with the support of IGBC Green MRTS Steering Committee.