In a big boost to Indian Railways’ green initiatives, Howrah Railway Station was awarded CII-IGBC Silver Rating under IGBC Green Railway Stations Rating System.
Howrah Railway Station, the largest in the country in terms of number of platforms, was awarded the CII-IGBC Green rating for incorporating some of the finest green buildings and passenger-friendly features such as installation of station rooftops, water management, mechanised cleaning, no artificial lighting during daytime, solid waste management, fresh air ventilation, universal accessibility, pedestrian friendliness and first and last mile connectivity.
It may be noted here that CII is working closely with Indian Railways in several green initiatives such as green buildings, GreenCo (Green Companies) and energy efficiency.
Globally, India, with over 5.27 billion sq.ft, stands No. 2 in the world in terms of largest registered green building footprint, next only to USA. IGBC has set itself a goal to facilitate 10 billion sq.ft of green building footprint by 2022.