Jodhpur station has been awarded Platinum Green Railway Station rating by the Indian Green Building Council – Confederation of Indian Industries (IGBC-CII) for the best environment friendly practices and systems.
According to Senior PRO of the NWR Gopal Sharma, Jodhpur is the first such station to have achieved this recognition ever. He also said that Jodhpur railway station is saving 45% energy and water, which costs about Rs. 20 lakh per annum.
Some of the practices and processes, which have been introduced by Jodhpur railway station include designing of the station to ensure access of over 90% sun light, conservation of trees and development of vertical gardens, 100% use of LED lights, use of BEE Star rated electrical equipment, set up of solar energy plant over sheds with power generation capacity of 870 kv etc.
Another unique process includes setting up of bio-gas generator, which converts food residues and other waste material into energy, which is being used in kitchen and light arrangements, thereby saving another Rs 6.5 lakh per annum.
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.