IGBC in collaboration with NHSRCL formulates world’s first exclusive Green rating system for High Speed Rail

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Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) in collaboration with National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) has undertaken the formulation of World’s first exclusive Green rating system for High Speed Rail.

  • This rating system will be a tool to enable new High Speed Rail (HSR) stations to apply energy efficient concepts during design & construction, so as to further reduce adverse environmental impacts that are measurable. 
  • The objective of IGBC Green HSR Rating is to ensure environmental sustainability, while enhancing commuter experience.
  • Mr. V Suresh (Chairperson IGBC), Mr. Achal Khare (MD NHSRCL), all directors along with other senior officials from NHSRCL & IGBC had attended the virtual conference recently for the launch of the Green High Speed Rail Rating.

About Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail:

  • NHSRCL is a joint venture of Government of India and participating state governments for implementing High-Speed Rail Projects.
  • Currently, NHSRCL is implementing a 508 Km long Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Railway Project starting from Bandra Kurla Complex in Maharashtra and terminating at Sabarmati in Gujarat.
  • The Project would be developed with the use of Japanese high speed rail technology (i.e. Shinkansen system).
  • The length of alignment is 508 Km (approx.) with double line and will be passing through two states, Maharashtra (155.642 Km) and Gujarat (350.530 Km), and one UT of Dadra and Nagar Haveli (2 KMs).
  • Most of the alignment, about 92.4%, will be elevated and a small portion of about 2.5% will be on the cut & fill section.
  • Twelve stations are proposed at Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad, and Sabarmati.
  • The station at Mumbai will be Underground and all other stations will be elevated.
  • There are 8 mountain tunnels and one underground tunnel of 21 Km with 7 Km under sea (Thane Creek) portion.
  • Two numbers of Rolling stock depot & several maintenance/sub-maintenance depots (35 nos) are proposed along the alignment.

About Indian Green Building Council:

  • The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), part of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) was formed in the year 2001. 
  • The vision of the council 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”.
  • The council offers a wide array of services which include developing new green building rating programmes, certification services and green building training programmes. 
  • The council also organises Green Building Congress, its annual flagship event on green buildings.
  • The council is committee-based, member-driven and consensus-focused. 
  • All the stakeholders of construction industry comprising of architects, developers, product manufacturers, corporate, Government, academia and nodal agencies participate in the council activities through local chapters.

Source: NHSRCL-Update | Image Credit (representational): NHSRCL

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