CHENNAI:Chennai Central is going green. The station is becoming more environment-friendly after being certified as a building that contributes to the protection of the environment.

Chennai division of Southern Railway recently obtained certification from industry body the Indian Green Building Code ().

IGBC had evaluated the station based on parameters like water recycling, generation of 7% electricity through solar panels and an upcoming solid waste to energy plant.

The certification came a month ago, but railway sources said that they will reapply for a higher ranking like silver, gold or platinum from IGBC for the station.

In their presentation to IGBC, railway officials listed the station’s green energy initiatives. For instance, in January 2018, it generated 12,676 units of electricity

(7.37% of its total consumption) from two 50KWp solar panels on top of the station and Moore Market Complex (MMC).
A 14.25tonne/day solid waste management plant to come up near MMC will convert waste into electrical energy.

Southern Railway will set up the plant, sanctioned by the Railway Board, in a few months, officials said. In water conservation efforts, 80% of station run-off water was collected and recycled by the water recycling plant at Basin Bridge yard.

“100% of water requirement to wash the entire station, including track apron, platforms, toilets of turnaround trains and passthrough trains, is sourced from treated recycled waste water from the plant. 96% of the recycled water is used for station cleaning purposes,” a senior official said.

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