Indian Railways’ (IR) efforts to go Green are well-known and well publicised but the operator of our national railway system is not going to rest on its laurels and plans to take more Green initiatives in the coming days.
IR as part of its Go Green initiatives has already provided 100% LED lighting in all Railway installations including Railway stations and service buildings. According to the Railways, further work is in progress for 100% LED lightings in all Railway Residential quarters. Railways has already made much progress in this regard and 68% quarters have already been provided with 100% LED lights.
IR is also planning to increase tree plantation to provide green cover in Railway premises. Track side boundary plantation also started in 2016. On Indian Railways, 1.25 crores saplings were planted during 2016-17, 0.89 Cr. in 2017-18 and 1.10 Cr. in 2018-19.
Towards better Water Management, Water Audits at major consumption centres as well as proliferation of Water Recycling Plants and Rain Water Harvesting (RWH) Systems have already been undertaken. It may be noted that the Water Policy of Indian Railways was issued in March, 2017.
IR has also planned to provide 1000 Mega Watt (MW) Solar plants and 200 MW of Wind power. Out of this, about 88 MW of Solar power plants and 103 MW of Wind power plants have already been commissioned.
Assessment and rating of Indian Railways’ Production Units and major Workshops as Green Industrial Units started with ‘GreenCo’ certification of 2 Workshops and 1 Production unit in 2016-17. 34 more Workshops, 4 more Production Units, 3 Diesel Sheds, one Stores depot and 2 Supervisors Training Centres have been ‘GreenCo’ certified since then. Nine Railway Stations, three Railway Schools and one Railway Hospital have also achieved Green Certification. 5 administrative / headquarters buildings and 2 divisional offices have been certified as green buildings in last three years.