The South Eastern Railway (SER) has taken up a project to make all the stations under its jurisdiction environment-friendly, an official said. Out of its 362 stations, SER has started work in 21 stations for developing them as environment-friendly in the first phase, Mr. Sanjay Ghosh, spokesperson, SER said.
- Mr. Ghosh said,”Out of these 21 stations, significant progress has been achieved at Digha and Ranchi stations towards developing them as eco smart stations fulfilling the requisite criteria.”
- He said, to declare a station as ‘eco smart’, the foremost requisition is to make arrangements for zero discharge of untreated waste water to keep the station as well as surrounding areas clean.
- The major stations will be taken up first in the endeavour, he said.
- The spokesperson said,”It has been decided to install Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) and Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) for zero discharge of untreated waste water at all stations in phased manner to make these stations eco smart.”
- These plants have already been commissioned at Digha station and work is nearing completion at Ranchi, he said.
- He said,”These two stations have been awarded ISO 14001:2015 certification for Environment Management System.”
- Apart from Digha and Ranchi, the other 19 railway stations which are being developed as eco smart stations are Kharagpur, Bankura, Bishnupur, Purulia, Mecheda, Santragachi, Bagnan, Panskura, Shalimar, Jhargram, Midnapur, Adra, Balasore, Hatia, Tatanagar, Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Bokaro Steel City and Chakradharpur.
- Water audit by third party certification bodies are being arranged for conservation of water, the SER spokesman said.
- Tanks will be constructed at the stations for collection of treated waste water for reuse, he added.
- He said that te treated water from ETP and STP will be collected in the collection tank and will be used for gardening, afforestation and coach washing purpose.