In a good news for city residents, Delhi Metro Rail Service has been named as the only completely ‘green’ Metro system in the world for adhering to green building norms.
The huge rail network, which was built by the Delhi Metro Rail Service (DMRC), has achieved this status soon after the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) bestowed the DMRC with a platinum rating for adhering to green building norms in the construction of its 10 residential colonies.
“Energy consumption has increased by 700% 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 a green metro”, said Mangu Singh, Managing Director, DMRC.
An official announcement from DMRC stated that the corporation generates 20 megawatts of solar power. In the next five years, it is estimated that DMRC’s electricity consumption will go up to 300 megawatts, nearly a sixth of which it intends to derive from solar power. IGBC chairman, Prem C Jain, appreciated DMRC for its efforts to significantly decrease carbon footprints.
“DMRC was the first one to become a green metro. The platinum rating they have got is very hard earned and a lot of toil has gone into the process, Singh added.”
Delhi Metro, an air-conditioned and eco-friendly Mass Rapid Transport (MRT) system, connects Delhi to Gurugram, Noida, Ghaziabad, and Faridabad. It is the 12th-longest metro system in the world.