Nagpur : Green Metro stations coming soon
MahaMetro is looking at a greener way for travelling to-and-fro to the Metro station. The Metro will drive the city into a green revolution. The stations that are being developed on the route are all set to transport Nagpurians in a world-class infrastructure.
Recently, MahaMetro’s three stations — Khapri, Airport South and New Airport — have been awarded with the highest ‘platinum rating’ from the Indian Green Building Council. From solar energy to rainwater harvesting, sewage treatment and reuse to eco-friendly transportation — every green concept that one can think of is under one roof.
Airport South is reportedly the first Metro station in the country to implement the Bio-digester technology which was dedicated to the Swachh Bharat Mission by the Defence Research and Development Organization.
Avinash Yemde, senior environmental expert and consultant of the project, informed that GPS-enabled bicycles will be available at the stations. “For instance, a person wants to shop in Sitabuldi. He can get down at the nearest station, hire a bicycle, shop and then return it. To keep track on the cycles, we will be enabling them with GPS,” said Yemde.
The stations will be equipped with rainwater harvesting system to avoid wastage of rainwater and to recharge groundwater. The rooms at the stations are designed in a way that no external lights are required during the day, thus saving on electricity. All stations will ensure proper ventilation. The soil removed during construction is being used for planting native trees, which require less water, on the stations’ premises. Recycled glass, terracotta tiles and fly-ash from Koradi power station have been used for construction. The glasses absorb external heat, thus keeping the rooms cool.
Platforms will have a ‘priority area’ from where physically challenged, visually impaired, senior citizens or pregnant women can enter the train. They will also be provided wheelchairs and dedicated seats. Lifts and escalators will be controlled by Variable Voltage Variable Frequency drive which is a type of adjustable speed drive. There will be separate baby care rooms where needs of infants can be attended to.
Also Passengers can contact Metro staffer at customer care department for any inquiry or feedback. All stations and trains will have panic buttons.