New Delhi: National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) on Monday said that it has collaborated with the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) for the formulation of the world's first exclusive green rating system for high-speed rail.
According to the company, this rating system will be a tool to enable new high-speed rail (HSR) stations to apply energy-efficient concepts during design and construction, so as to further reduce adverse environmental impacts that are measurable. The objective of IGBC Green HSR Rating is to ensure environmental sustainability while enhancing the commuter experience.
The virtual conference for the launch of the Green High-Speed Rail Rating system was attended by IGBC's Chairman V Suresh, NHSRCL's Managing Director Achal Khare all directors along with other senior officials from NHSRCL and IGBC.
Speaking on the collaboration Khare said, "This exclusive green rating programme for high-speed rail (HSR) developed by CII-IGBC would help NHSRCL to ensure adoption of unique and futuristic green concepts during designing, construction and operations phases of Mumbai- Ahmedabad HSR corridor". It will involve the usage of rainwater harvesting mechanism, solar panels to harness solar power and wastewater treatment plants have already been incorporated in the station designs, depots and viaducts construction, he added. The certified Green building material, products and equipment will also be used for the construction of HSR.
"The MAHSR stations are being planned as Green buildings as they will have many eco-friendly features including natural light provisions and ventilation. The stations will be integrated with other modes of transport to facilitate intermodal commuter transport," he further added.
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