Delhi Metro Becomes World’s First “Green” Metro System

Delhi Metro Railway Corp. (DMRC) has been named the world’s first completely “green” metro system.

The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) awarded the capital’s rail system the world-first status for adhering to the green building norms for its 10 residential colonies. DMRC added new solar power facilities that produce 2.6 megawatts across the local metro network. It now generates 20 megawatts of solar power.

This wasn’t the first time it had received the green certification. Prior to receiving this platinum certification, DMRC received green certificates for Phase-3 stations, depots and substations.

DMRC is also launching a new initiative, “Swachh Chetna – An Eco Club,” in collaboration with a local school to “encourage school children to participate in environment-friendly activities.”

Earlier this month, India’s railway network rolled out its first train with rooftop solar panels, which power the lights, fans and information display systems inside passenger coaches.

Prem C. Jain, IGBC’s chairman, praised the Delhi Metro for its environment-friendly initiatives.“The platinum ratings they have got is very hard earned and a lot of toil has gone into the process,” he said.