“ It has taken the lead in conservation of environment and has taken various steps towards achieving this goal,” said CR general manager Anil Kumar Lahoti.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Nagpur and Solapur stations and other units like Central Railway school at Kalyan and workshop units have got the IGBC gold certification.
CR has a total of 87 Eco-smart stations which is the maximum number of Eco- smart stations on Indian Railways. It has also managed to get ISO certification for 87 % of its Eco smart stations till Dec 2021. (presently 76 out of 87 Eco smart stations are ISO certified).
It has also obtained consent from the State/Central Pollution Control Board under The Water Act and Air Act for 74 stations out of 87 eco-smart stations — which is a herculean task in terms of earning a satisfactory score complying with pollution norms, said CR chief spokesperson Shivaji Sutar.
“CR has been instrumental in setting up large number of renewable energy solar and wind energy plants and self sustainable green stations. It has also been successful in fitting 100% of its coaches with bio-toilets thus ensuring hygiene and preventing corrosion of tracks,” Sutar said.
CR’s extensive plantation drives has resulted in a usage of around 106 hectares of railway land for plantations.
It has 15 nurseries with around 25 lakhs saplings planted in the last 6 years which includes three Miyawaki plantations and herbal gardens which has helped in reducing carbon foot print and securing spare railway land as well.
Composting plants set up at Bhusaval and composting machine set up at Lonavala converts organic waste to reusable manure.
It has also taken various steps towards effective water management. Rain water harvesting units has helped save water consumption by 12.86% over the previous year. Automatic Coach Washing plants, Sewage Treatment Plants, Water Cycling Plants and Effluent Treatment Plants have resulted in a water yield capacity of 1 crore litre per day.
This is the highest capacity of waste water treatment capacity on any other zones of Indian Railway. These initiatives have reduced large amount of fresh water consumption and saving time of train washing and train watering.
Other steps towards better hygiene and clean environment includes distribution of face masks, hand gloves, sanitization by battery operated sprayers, provision of foot operated water taps in some coaches for hygiene of passengers, cleanliness through mechanized techniques like battery operated scrubber, high jet pressure, battery operated single disc scrubber drier, Vacuum cleaner etc, Sutar added.