New Delhi: Environment related parameters in the Railway Production Units are being monitored as indicated by the respective State Pollution Control Boards. All old established Production Units of Railways have also set up systems as per ISO 14001 Environment Management System and environment related audits are carried out in accordance with the relevant provisions. The other two Production Units, namely, Rail Coach Factory, Rae Bareli and Rail Wheel Plant, Bela, which are new, have also set up internal mechanisms for monitoring environment related parameters.
The steps taken by the Production Units for pollution control, efficiency in consumption of electrical energy and conservation of water include, interalia, provision of Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) and Sewage Treatment Plant (ST) with water recycling; rain water harvesting; replacing of conventional bulbs & tube lights with energy efficient lighting such as CFL and LED in a phased manner and; use of non-conventional sources of energy such as solar energy in Rail Coach Factory/Rae Bareli and wing energy in Integral Coach Factory/Chennai.
To bring greater focus on environment related issues on Indian Railways, an ‘Environment Directorate’ has also been created recently at the Apex level i.e. in the Railway Board to monitor such environment related issues.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha yesterday.