Delhi Metro Stations To Deploy Green Technology
Stations of Delhi Metro’s upcoming Phase III, along with other stations across the country, will be rated to judge their compatibility with green building norms, said Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). The ratings will be done in association with Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), a body involved in promoting the Green Building concept in India.
According to the agency, the rating process will especially help the upcoming Metro projects to design their stations according to green building norms and later apply for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), which is a globally accepted green building certification programme that recognizes use of best green IT infrastructures, strategies and practices, which in turn will save in energy consumption. IGBC will also issue guidelines for designing the station structures as green buildings, it said in a statement.
The first Expert Committee meeting of IGBC with this objective was organized recently at the Delhi Metro headquarters. The meeting was attended by DMRC’s Managing Director, Mangu Singh, IGBC’s Chairman, PC Jain, IGBC’s Delhi Chapter Chief, Arun Bhatia and other senior officials.
DMRC has already announced that all the stations of its third phase of expansion along with 12 Receiving Sub Stations and residential quarters will be designed as green buildings that will help in better preservation of the environment. In such structures there are provisions for better saving of energy, water and CO2. Such buildings also have better waste management arrangements.
Many new cities across the country have decided to implement green technology in Metro systems. Apart from Kolkata and Delhi, Metro systems are also operational at Bengaluru and Mumbai and soon several other cities will have metro systems. In such a scenario, this initiative is expected to prove very beneficial for the better preservation of the environment.
According to a recent Gartner report, India’s spending on green IT will reach $29.2 billion this year, an 18 percent increase from that of previous year. Government, investor and industry are eventually waking up to the green technology in the country coupled with e-waste for sustainable, low-carbon economic growth in the coming days.
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