Vijayawada Railway Station Gets ‘Gold Rating’ For Green Measures


Vijayawada railway station, one of the busiest railway junctions in the country, has received Gold Rating by the Indian Green Building Council. Council Chairman Meka Vijaya Sai presented the gold rating shield to Divisional Railway Manager R Dhananjayulu.

The IGBC-CII, with the support of the Environment Directorate of Indian Railways, developed the Green Railway Stations Rating System to facilitate the adoption of green concepts, reduce the adverse environmental impact due to station operation and maintenance and also enhance the overall commuter experience, a railway release said.

The rating system helps to address national priorities like water conservation, handling of waste, energy efficiency, reduced used of fossil fuel, lesser dependence on usage of virgin materials and health and wellbeing of occupants, it said.

The DRM said the Vijayawada Railway Station was ranked fourth in the Indian Railways for cleanliness among A-1 category stations. The station boasts of 100 percent LED lighting, five stars rated fans, pumps and motors and solar water heating systems. The IGBC chairman asked the railways to improve green cover at the station from 22 to 50 percent. The Indian Railways are doing a commendable job with their Infrastructure projects and this is definitely a step in the right direction.

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