By Accommodation Times News Service
Delhi metro station buildings being constructed in phase three along with other metro stations in the country will be rated by their compatibility with green building norms.
According to Executive Director (Corporate Communications) DMRC, Anuj Dayal, this would help the Metro systems to design their stations as eco-friendly structures and utilize natural resources like sunlight more effectively. The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), a body involved in promoting the green building concept in India, will conduct this rating process.
They will also issue guidelines for designing the station structures as green buildings.
“DMRC has decided to be actively involved with this initiative as such rating will help a lot in encouraging the concept of green buildings not only in Metro systems but all infrastructure projects in the country,” Dayal said.
The first Expert Committee meeting of IGBC with this objective was organized yesterday at the DMRC headquarters. It was attended by DMRC Managing Director Mangu Singh, IGBC Chairman P C Jain, IGBC Delhi Chapter chief Arun Bhatia and other senior officials.
After implementing these green designs and building norms, the DMRC can apply for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), 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 of 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 environment as in such structures there are provisions for better saving of energy, water and CO2. Such buildings also have better waste management arrangements.
Several cities across the country have decided to implement Metro systems. 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 will also have Metro corridors in the years to come.