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Metro stations to be rated on green building standards

According to reports, 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) on Friday.

“This will help the metro systems design their stations as eco-friendly structures and utilise natural resources such as sunlight more effectively,” said the Delhi Metro spokesman, Anuj Dayal. According to the Delhi Metro, the rating process will help the upcoming Metro projects design their stations according to green building norms. They can later apply for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, which is a globally accepted green building certification programme that recognizes the best in class building strategies and practices. DMRC has already announced that all the stations in its third phase of expansion along with 12 receiving sub-stations and residential quarters will be designed as green buildings.

“Green buildings help in better preservation of the environment as in such structures there are provisions for better saving of energy, water and CO2. Such buildings also have better waste management arrangements,” added Dayal.

“The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), a body involved in promoting the Green Building concept in India, will be conducting this rating process. They will also issue guidelines for designing the station structures as green buildings,” he added.

Apart from Kolkata and Delhi, metro systems are also operational at Bengaluru and Mumbai. “Many other cities such as Jaipur, Kochi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Pune etc will also have metro corridors in the years to come. So, this initiative is expected to prove very beneficial for the better preservation of the environment,” said a Delhi Metro official.

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