The Habibganj station which is situated in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, became the first private railway station by earning a 5-star gem rating in eco-friendliness and certification of sustainability by the Associated Chambers Of Commerce And Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) for green sustainable development.
To take India’s sustainability movement to the next level, ASSOCHAM has inaugurated the “GEM Sustainability Certification Program” intending to provide an eco-friendly environment and green building construction. Through this initiative, ASSOCHAM awards the sustainable certificate rating to residential, urban developments, housing, schools, colleges, hotels, universities, hotels, factories, buildings, and other developments.
Similarly, the office of the west-central railway station and newly constructed staff quarters has also experienced a GEM rating for eco-friendly and sustainable construction. The railway station is designed in such a way that green building parameters like proper ventilation, natural light, fresh air, use of recyclable materials, use of recycled water, tapping of solar power, rainwater harvesting, climate-conscious approach, and eco-friendly construction is being processed.
Ensuring feeblest destruction to the environment, the railway station has acquired sustainable building construction and a climate-conscious approach. Furthermore, the sustainable building design also secures ideal use of water, oil, energy, less waste generation, recyclable products, soil, and other natural resources to create space for fresh and healthy livelihood.
Following are the salient green initiatives adopted at the Habibganj Railway Station.
• Solar energy: About 70% of the electricity required will be met by the use of solar energy. The net electrical demand of the railway station is 950 KW, and the solar plant design for the railway station is 660 kW on the Resco model.
• Transportation: General goods weighing 550 tons, and yarn has been transported by the Indian railway from Mandideep goods shed Bhopal to Benapole, Bangladesh.
• Water conservation: Rainwater harvesting and relocation structures is being adopted for the railway station. Through sewage treatment plant (STP), the management of wastewater is recycled i.e., 300KLD and that will be used for flushing, gardening, and washing of aprons.
• Automatic washing: At Habibganj railway depot, there’s the railway division commissioned coach automatic washing is available. A train consisting of 24-coaches gets washed in almost 8 minutes. Also, there is an effluent treatment plant of 30,000 liters that recycles 90% of wastewater for reuse.
• Oxygen plant: The west-central railway station general manager has inaugurated the oxygen plant with the capacity to release 500 liters per minute or 500l/min in Nishatpura, Bhopal.
• Use of eco-friendly material: In this eco-friendly project, the use of recycled materials like glass, cement, steel, ash bricks, AAC, RMC, tiles, etc. is developed. Also, a material with limiting VOC content for adhesive, sealant, paints, and coating is utilized in the project.
• Integration with Bhopal metro: One of the most important initiatives taken by the Indian railway is the integration of the metro, having direct connectivity with the proposed Bhopal metro planned at the concourse level. It would ensure a seamless travel experience promoting public transportation.
• Travel Safety of passengers: Safety and security of passengers is also being monitored by applying a 100 percent CCTV system consists of 176 cameras at the railway station.
• Divyang friendly features: The Habibganj railway station is Divyang friendly providing facilities like lifts, entry ramps, and toilets. Additionally, water taps are designed as per American Disability Act compliance.
• Efficient solid waste management: Solid waste management is adopted as per the CTE (from MPPCB) and CTO is also applied. As per the norms of Municipal Corporation, the dry and wet solid waste is being collected and separated differently through twin dust bins. Besides, bottle crushers and rag-pickers are provided at Habibganj railway station with the ban on single-use of plastic.
The IRSDC Managing Director And Chief Executive Officer Shri. S.K. Lohia said, “The Habibganj Railway station has been redeveloped with sustainability at its core. The station exemplifies world-class green design norms and best-in-class construction techniques. We are deeply humbled by the recognition and I would like to share my gratitude to ASSOCHAM. This achievement is a testament to our commitment to redefining the face of Indian Railways through the redevelopment of the stations that are not only futuristic but also embody sustainability”.
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