According to Railway Minister, Mr Piyush Goyal, New Delhi Railway Station has been re-certified with the Platinum Green Station rating by Indian Green Building Council. Key features of the railway station include: Passenger friendly amenities, Health, hygiene & sanitation initiatives and Energy & water efficient measures.
It may be recalled here that in 2018 IGBC had declared New Delhi railway station as green station and had awarded it a silver rating. The station had scored 64 out of 100 for its environment-friendly initiative like solar panels, 100% LED lights, solar geysers, green drives, waste management and water conservation.
While a score between 50 and 60 secures a “certification”, those between 60 and 70 gets classified in the silver category. If a building or location secures a rating between 70 and 80, it is classified as “gold” while the highest rating is “platinum” with a score over 80.
For certification, the agency evaluates six broad parameters, including sustainable station facilities, health hygiene and sanitation, energy efficiency, water efficiency, smart and green initiatives and innovation.
IGBC, part of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) was formed in the year 2001. The council offers a wide array of services which include developing new green building rating programmes, certification services and green building training programmes. The council also organises Green Building Congress, its annual flagship event on green buildings.