DELHI METRO BECOMES FIRST EVER METRO TO GET GREEN CERTIFICATION FOR ALL ITS MAJOR BUILDINGS- ACHIEVES THE TARGET OF GENERATING 20 MW SOLAR POWER BY 2017
The Delhi Metro has become the world’s first ever Metro system to get green certification for all its major buildings and installations. After getting green certifications for its Phase 3 stations, depots and sub stations, 10 residential colonies of DMRC were also awarded the platinum rating for adherence to green building norms by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) today.
In addition, DMRC also successfully achieved the target of generating 20 MW of solar power by the year 2017 by adding another 2.6 MW of solar power facilities across the Metro network. The new solar power facilities were dedicated to the nation today by DMRC’s MD Dr. Mangu Singh and other senior officials today during the 3rd edition of the conference on Green Metro Systems held at Metro Bhawan.
In the conference organized in association with the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), a special recognition was also awarded to DMRC for its initiatives towards promoting green buildings.
In his address, DMRC’S MD, Dr. Mangu Singh stressed on the need for the adoption of green technologies in constructing and running Metro systems and said, ”Energy consumption has increased by 700 percent in the last four decades in the country and this will increase further three times by 2030. One of the major users of energy is the transport sector, that also, urban transport. Therefore, it is very relevant to focus on Metro systems and talk of green Metro.”
Appreciating DMRC for its various green initiatives, Dr. Prem C Jain, Chairman, IGBC said, ”DMRC was the first one to become a green Metro. The platinum ratings they have got is very hard earned and a lot of toil has gone into the process”.
Sh. A K Gupta, Director (Electrical), DMRC and the Chairman of the conference also highlighted the different green initiatives by DMRC and elaborated on the various projects scheduled to be taken up in the days ahead. Sh. S. Raghupathy, Deputy Director General, CII and Chair, Asia Pacific, World Green Building Council added that India with a green building footprint of 4.6 billion square feet had the second largest green building footprint in the world.
A special mention was also made about ‘Swachh Chetna – An Eco Club’, a joint initiative of DMRC and Shri Ram School, Gurugram which has been recently started to encourage school children to participate in the more environment friendly projects and activities.
The National Conference on ‘Green Metro Systems’ was attended by delegates from all other Metro Systems in the country who deliberated on a range of issues regarding the adoption of green technologies for planning, constructing and operating Metro systems. All the senior officers from DMRC were also present during the conference. AD/ED(CC)/DMRC