Vijayawada Railway Station gets ‘Green Railway Station Certification’: Key Points 

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Vijayawada Railway Station in Andhra Pradesh has been certified as a “Green Railway Station” with the highest rating of Platinum by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

Vijayawada  gets ‘Green Railway Station Certification’ Key Points

This is the second railway station in the South Central Railway (SCR) zone to receive this rating, after Secunderabad railway division in Telangana.

Vijayawada Railway Station was previously awarded the Gold Standard Rating by IGBC-CII in 2019.

Green Railway Stations Rating System

The IGBC-CII Green Railway Stations Rating System is a voluntary initiative that aims to facilitate the adoption of green concepts in railway stations.

The system helps to address national priorities such as water conservation, waste management, energy efficiency, reduced use of fossil fuels, and lesser dependency on virgin materials.

The rating system also helps the station management to understand their current position with respect to the “green performance” of the station and the measures that need to be taken to enhance the performance on a continual basis.

Evaluation Process for Green Railway Stations

The Vijayawada Railway Station was evaluated under six modules:

  • Sustainable station facility
  • Health hygiene and sanitation
  • Energy efficiency
  • Water efficiency
  • Smart and green initiative
  • Innovation & development

Features of the IGBC Platinum Certified Vijayawada Railway Station

The station has implemented several green initiatives, including:

  • Safe drinking water
  • No smoking policy
  • Tobacco smoke control
  • Fresh air ventilation
  • Solid waste management plan
  • Plastic-free environment
  • Daylighting

Energy-efficient measures such as 5-star rated electrical equipment, LED fixtures, BLDC fans, daylight sensors, energy monitoring, and solar water heaters

Smart and green initiatives such as Wi-Fi facilities, smart card ticketing, food courts, pharmacies, and innovative measures like the Centre for Advanced Maintenance Technology (CAMTECH) design coach watering

Additional Information about Vijayawada Station

In June 2023, Vijayawada Station became the first station in India to equip platforms with a Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) solar roof, installing a total capacity of 130 kilowatts ‘peak’ (kWp) of solar power.

About the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC)

The IGBC is India’s premier certification body for green buildings. It is the founding member of the World Green Building Council.

The IGBC’s vision 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.”

Chairman: Gurmit Singh Arora
Headquarters: Hyderabad, Telangana.

Vijayawada Railway Station gets ‘Green Railway Station Certification’: Key Points 

Certification NamePlatinum Certification as a Green Railway Station
Recent Green Railway Certified StationVijayawada Railway Station
LocationVijayawada Railway Station, Andhra Pradesh (AP)
Awarding BodyIndian Green Building Council (IGBC) in collaboration with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
IGBC RatingHighest Platinum rating under IGBC Green Railway Stations Rating System
Remarkable AchievementSecond railway station in South Central Railway Zone to attain Platinum status
Previous RecognitionGold Standard Rating from IGBC – CII in 2019 (valid for 3 years)
Re-certification (2023)Demonstrated significant improvements compared to 2019
Objectives of IGBC’s Green Railway Stations Rating System
  • Promote green concepts in railway stations
  • Reduce environmental impacts
  • Enhance commuter experience
  • Address national priorities (water conservation, waste management, energy efficiency, etc.)
Evaluation Criteria
  • Sustainable station facility
  • Health hygiene and sanitation
  • Energy efficiency
  • Water efficiency
  • Smart and green initiatives
  • Innovation & development
Key Features of Platinum Certified Vijayawada Station
  • Health and Hygiene Standards: Safe drinking water, no smoking, tobacco control, fresh air ventilation, solid waste management, plastic-free environment, daylighting.
  • Energy Efficiency Measures: 5-star rated electrical equipment, LED fixtures, BLDC fans, energy monitoring, solar water heaters.
  • Smart and Green Initiatives: Wi-Fi facilities, smart card ticketing, food courts, pharmacy, Centre for Advanced Maintenance Technology (CAMTECH) design coach watering.
Solar Power IntegrationInstalled Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) solar roof with a capacity of 130 kWp in June 2023.
About Indian Green Building Council (IGBC)
  • Premier certification body
  • Founding member of the World Green Building Council
  • Established in 2001
  • Aims to facilitate a sustainable built environment and global leadership in sustainable construction by 2025.
IGBC ChairmanGurmit Singh Arora
IGBC HeadquarterHyderabad, Telangana

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