Delhi Metro has claimed the title of becoming the first metro rail service in the world to become 100 percent green. This doesn’t only include all of its operations but also the 10 residential complexes built by the DMRC for its employees in the city.
The DMRC has been able to adhere to green building norms and has received a platinum rating from the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC).
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had earlier received the green certificates for its Phase-3 stations, depots, and sub-stations, said a statement.
Speaking on the need for energy optimisation, DMRC Managing Director Mangu Singh emphasised the need for ‘green transport’.
“Energy consumption has increased by 700 per cent 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,” he said at the third conference on Green Metro Systems held at Metro Bhawan on Friday.
DMRC had also added new solar power facilities across the Metro network, producing 2.6 megawatts (MW) of solar power, taking their total production to 20 MW.
Praising the Delhi Metro for its initiatives to reduce carbon-footprints at its premises, 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.”
DMRC had also started a joint initiative with Shri Ram School, Gurugram, called ‘Swachh Chetna – An Eco Club’ which was aimed to ‘encourage school children to participate in more environment-friendly projects and activities’.