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Delhi Metro becomes first in the world to go completely green

Think Change India
2nd Aug 2017
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The Delhi Metro, an air-conditioned and eco-friendly Mass Rapid Transport (MRT) system, connects the city of Delhi to Gurugram, Noida, Ghaziabad, and Faridabad. It is the 12th-longest metro system in the world and 16th-largest in terms of commuter capacity.

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Owing to its adherence to green building norms, the famous metro rail network has bagged the privilege of being the only 'completely green metro system' in the world. The mega rail network, which was built by the Delhi Metro Rail Service (DMRC), has achieved this feat soon after the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) bestowed the DMRC with a platinum rating for adhering to green building norms in the construction of its 10 residential colonies.

According to a report by Financial Express, Mangu Singh, Managing Director, DMRC, said,

"Energy consumption has increased by 700 percent in the last four decades in the country and this will increase further three times by 2030. One of the major users of energy is the transport sector, that also, urban transport. Therefore, it is very relevant to focus on metro systems and talk of a green metro."

An official announcement from DMRC stated that the corporation generates 20 megawatts of solar power. In the coming five years, it is estimated that DMRC's electricity consumption will go up to 300 megawatts, nearly a sixth of which it intends to derive from solar power. IGBC Chairman Prem C Jain appreciated DMRC for its efforts to significantly decrease carbon footprints in the vicinity.

In a chat with India Today, he said,

"DMRC was the first one to become a green metro. The platinum rating they have got is very hard earned and a lot of toil has gone into the process."

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