MRVC to make Mumbai Local Trains eco-friendly – Hyderabad based IGBC to examine Rating

MUMBAI: Is our suburban railway a Green Railway and does it conform to national standards? What’s required to enhance its green rating?

The Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) is looking at the suburban railway’s green ratings and whether they conform to the standards of the Hyderabad based Indian Green Buildings Council’s existing mass transit category.

“Benchmarking the current performance of existing stations on select environmental parameters in line with the latest IGBC guidelines for Mass Rapid Transit Systems (MRTS) will help suburban railways to maximise resource efficiency, improve its environmental parameters and enhance commuters’ comfort and experience. We have called in consultants for this,” a senior official said.

The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), part of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) was formed in the year 2001. The vision of the IGBC is, “To enable a sustainable built environment for all and facilitate India to be one of the global leaders in the sustainable built environment by 2025”.

The council offers a wide array of services which include developing new green building rating programmes, certification services and green building training programmes. The council also organises Green Building Congress, its annual flagship event on green buildings.

The council is committee-based, member-driven and consensus-focused. All the stakeholders of construction industry comprising of architects, developers, product manufacturers, corporate, Government, academia and nodal agencies participate in the council activities through local chapters. The council also closely works with several State Governments, Central Government, World Green Building Council, bilateral multi-lateral agencies in promoting green building concepts in the country.

For sustainable performance
The MRVC had earned carbon credits for energy-efficient trains in 2007-08, when it introduced new local trains under phase I of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project; these had regenerative braking system, which helped to recycle power generated from brakes back into the system.

The IGBC Green Existing MRTS rating system is a similar tool to enable operational rail-based MRTS to apply green concepts and sustain performance of system with respect to the green features during operation. The aim is to further reduce environmental impact that is measurable.

The overarching objective of IGBC Green Existing MRTS rating is to facilitate MRTS operators in implementation of green strategies, measure their impacts and sustain the performance in the long run, while enhancing commuter comfort and experience.

Station review
The rating system is a voluntary and consensus-based programme. It has been developed with the support of IGBC Green Existing MRTS Technical Committee under the leadership of A K Gupta, Director (Electrical), Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited. Sources said that as part of the project consultants would review the stations of Bandra-Andheri on the Western Railway, Sion-Ghatkopar on the Central Railway, and Vashi-Belapur on the Harbour line based on the IGBC green guidelines, including a review of existing design information and site observations.

“Once this is done, consultants will benchmark existing stations (including buildings and platforms), specify other locations on the corridors and also recommend interventions to improve ratings,” an official added.

>> A green building is defined as “one that uses less water, optimises energy efficiency, conserves natural resources, generates less waste and provides healthier spaces for occupants, as compared to a conventional building”.
>> Green operations and maintenance of rail/metro systems
>> Integration of renewable energy technologies
>> Station Management System
>> Multi-modal Integration

>> Enhanced station accessibility to improve first & last mile connectivity and achieve maximum ridership
>> Maximise resource efficiency
>> Improved station (indoor) environment
>> Increased environmental awareness among commuters
>> Enhanced commuting comfort and experience

The year in which the MRVC had earned carbon credits for energy-efficient trains.