Chennai: Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) has awarded 14 underground stations of Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL) with its highest Platinum Rating. With this 32 stations of CMRL have bagged the award in phase one project as part of its commitment to bring in sustainable green initiatives in its infrastructure.
The stations that have been awarded IGBC’s Platinum Rating are Washermenpet, Mannadi, High Court, Central, Government Estate, LIC, Thousand Lights, AG-DMS, Teynampet, Nandanam, Saidapet, Pachaiyappas College, Kilpauk and Nehru Park.
IGBC Chennai Chapter Chairman C N Raghavendran handed over the plaques and certificates for 14 stations to CMRL Managing Director Pankaj Kumar Bansal on Monday.
CMRL Directors Sujatha Jayaraj (finance), Rajeev Narayan Dwivedi (project), L Narasim Prasad (I/C systems / operations) along with senior officials, contractors and IGBC consultants were present.
Some of the aspects of the phase one project which led to bagging the award included the design reflecting functional aesthetics, user friendliness, energy efficiency with station architecture that is environmentally friendly, salient features like rain water harvesting, harnessing solar energy, universal access to physically challenged commuters, last-mile connectivity through NMT (non-motorized traffic), energy efficient design, 32.5 per cent of regenerative energy fed back to the grid achieving an EIRR (Economic Internal Rate of Return) of more than 16.22 per cent.
Earlier, IGBC’s Platinum Rating was awarded to 13 elevated and five underground stations of CMRL namely Thirumangalam, Anna Nagar East, Anna Nagar Tower, Shenoy Nagar and Egmore. CMRL’s Administrative Depot is also LEED-NC 2009 Gold Certified since 18 May 2018.