Article published on http://www.thehindu.com/ Monday 4th June
Delhi's new age transport system is going green, with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation planning to tap solar power in some of its facilities. The initiative announced to coincide with the World Environment Day, will help generate renewable energy and reduce DMRC's dependence on non-renewable sources of power.
Initially, solar panels are to be installed at the Karkarduma and Noida Sector 21 stations and the Yamuna Bank depot to capture solar energy which will be converted to electricity using appropriate technology. In addition, the Delhi Metro plans to harness solar energy at elevated metro stations, in depots and in open areas of the stations. Based on the success of the initiative, DMRC will further implement it for structures coming up under its Phase-III constructions.
DMRC's Managing Director Mangu Singh also announced a special drive which will see metro officials being trained in environmental awareness and environmental protection procedures in day-to-day metro operations. To foster sustainable development, he directed the Chief Project Managers in-charge of Phase-III constructions to ensure that all new contractors and sub-contractors who will be involved in construction activities be fully sensitised on environmental issues so that the work may be carried out in an environmentally responsible manner.
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