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Climate Resilient Initiatives in Urban Transport: Towards greener Delhi

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By Atul Mishra

While strolling back to home from work yesterday, I happened to notice at the Central Secretariat metro station, a ‘green corner’ which was an installation where one could sit and relax. But it was more than just a place of relaxing detour. It was an exhibition of green initiatives by Delhi Metro titled “Climate Resilient Initiatives in Urban Transport.” I stood there for a moment and read the descriptive standees. The installation claimed the initiatives under three categories- Green Initiatives, Solar Initiatives and Socio-economic Benefits.

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The Green corner, “Climate Resilient Initiatives in Urban Transport”

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Green Delhi. A giant leap to reduce carbon content in the air and fight global warming

 

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It says- Delhi Metro carries  lakhs of people to their chosen destination everyday. It also saves lives, prevents accidents and reduces pollution levels. Reduction in the number of vehicles from the roads of the city everyday – 1,17,249. Annual reduction in fuel consumption – 1,06,493 tonnes. Annual reduction in pollutants – 6 3 Lakh tonnes. Saving in time per trip – 28 minutes. Annual reduction in fatal accidents -111. Annual reduction in all accidents – 591.

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It says- Installing “Grid connected” Solar plants under RESCO model. Total potential of 50 MWp Solar capacity assessed for total network. Central financial assistance (CFA) for 20 MWp approved by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Govt. Of India. 11 MWp PPA signed with Developers selected through Open Tender. Solar plants of capacity of 2.8 (2.794) MWp commissioned till date. In Faridabad line — Solar Plant of 1.7 MWp capacity is commissioned. Solar plant of 150 kWp at each station, totalling to 1200 kWp. 450 kWp is installed at Ajronda Depot. Faridabad Receiving Substation provided with 50 kWp Plant.

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It says- First Metro and Railway system in the world registered under the United Nations Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) for Regenerative Braking & Modal Shift. Earning Carbon Credits for reducing Green House Gas Emissions by reducing pollution levels in the city by 6.3 lakh tons every year. Carbon Credits earning per annum: Modal Shift — 4.5 Lakh; Regenerative Braking — 47,000. Trains are equipped with Regenerative Braking. 5.26 Unit of energy is regenerated per kilometer.  Regenerative braking in Lifts (Energy Saving of 15%). Rain water harvesting at all stations and via-duct. First Metro system in the world to be registered with prestigious Gold Standard Foundation. All Phase-III stations are being designed as ‘Green Buildings’. Energy efficient on line UPS for emergency system and lighting. Plants ten saplings for every tree ought to cut.

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‘Delhi Metro Cruelly Killed my ‘Achhe Din” : Here is why Passengers are dumping the popular mode of travel

The author shares her take on shifting to Delhi from Kolkata and her experience with the Delhi Metro

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Delhi Metro. Wikimedia

– By Somrita Ghosh

New Delhi, November 5, 2017 : Delhi Metro cruelly killed my “acche din”.

Metro fares have been doubled in just four months, forcing me to give up my favorite mode of transport and take to crowded DTC buses.

Besides putting the new fares beyond my budget, I have also been stripped off the safety of travelling in the Metro. And I am not the only one.

My biggest shock came two days after the latest Metro fare hike. I commute daily between Green Park in south Delhi and Noida Sector 16 where I work.

As I punched my smart card while leaving the Sector 16 station, my heart skipped a beat — Rs 37 had been deducted from my card.

By the time I reached my office, the mental calculation was already done. I realized every month I would have to spend double of what I was shelling out only five months ago if I wanted to use the Delhi Metro.

When the year began, I was spending Rs 18 on my Metro ride — one way. The Metro then hiked the fares and my one-way cost shot up to Rs 27. The latest hike had taken it to Rs 37!

This was hard for me to digest. The sudden hike of almost Rs 20, that too one way, was surely going to painfully pinch my wallet.

When I landed in Delhi five years ago, my friends advised me to avail the Metro, not just because it is safe for women but comfortable too, never mind the crushing rush during peak hours.

Most important, as I realized very soon, the Metro was affordable. It was so cheap that while an auto-rickshaw would charge me a minimum of Rs 25 from my home to the nearest Metro station, the Metro charged me only Rs 18 all the way from south Delhi to Noida in Uttar Pradesh. This was too good to be true.

Since I came from Kolkata, where the minimum Metro fare was only Rs 4 and the maximum Rs 12, Delhi Metro initially seemed costly.

But I realized the full story in no time once I started using the Delhi Metro. The infrastructure, service and overall facilities provided by Delhi Metro were far better compared to Kolkata.

Delhi Metro offers free WiFi, its stations have coffee shops and the bigger ones even host fast food chains. Travel is hassle-free despite the odd technical snags that hit the Blue Line that I use.

But suddenly charging a salaried person like me Rs 40 more, or Rs 1,200 a month, just because the Metro needs to finance itself better is something I cannot appreciate.

Like numerous others, I have changed my mode of transport. It is now the DTC buses. The DTC’s frequency may not match the Metro’s and DTC rides can be bumpy too, not to talk of unending traffic jams. But do I have a choice?

(Editorial note : This article has been written by Somrita Ghosh of IANS. She can be contacted at somrita.g@ians.in)

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World’s First Green Metro: Delhi Metro bags Green Certificate at 2nd National Conference on Green Metro systems

Delhi Metro’s persistent efforts towards eco-friendly and sustainable practices has led to winning a green certificate

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Delhi Metro. Wikimedia
  • Delhi Metro bagged a green certificate for eco- friendly initiatives-all its major buildings and installations.
  • For following green building norm, Delhi Metro’s newly-opened Jahangirpuri-Samaypur Badli section and the Receiving Sub-Station (RSS) at Mukundpur Depot have received the highest platinum rating by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC).
  • The corporation achieved the target of generating 20 MW of solar power by the year 2017 by adding another 2.6 MW of solar power facilities across the Metro network.

Delhi, August 3, 2017: The Delhi Metro bagged a green certificate at 2nd National Conference on Green Metro systems, Metro Bhavan on 28 July for eco- friendly initiatives-all its major buildings and installations.

For following green building norm, Delhi Metro’s newly-opened Jahangirpuri-Samaypur Badli section and the Receiving Sub-Station (RSS) at Mukundpur Depot have received the highest platinum rating by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). The IGBC formulated a rating mechanism for metro stations and buildings- platinum, gold, silver, etc., to encourage them to follow green building specifications. The DMRC headquarters at Metro Bhavan received a gold rating for maintaining green building norms and Platinum ratings were also awarded to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) residential Complex metro enclave at Saket.

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Delhi Metro get’s a green certificate. pixabay

The corporation achieved the target of generating 20 MW of solar power by the year 2017 by adding another 2.6 MW of solar power facilities across the Metro network. At the conference, Dr. Prem C. Jain, chairman, Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), said, “Delhi Metro is the first to become a green Metro. The platinum ratings that they have got are hard-earned and a lot of toils has gone into the process.”

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) collaborates with US agencies to get green certification

The conference was attended by delegates from all other Metro systems in the country, who discussed a range of issues regarding successful adoption of green technologies for planning, constructing and operating Metro systems. According to Delhi Metro’s official site, DMRC Managing Director Mangu Singh said, “The country’s energy consumption has increased by 700 per cent in the last four decades. This will increase three times more by 2030. One of the major users of energy is the transport sector, especially urban transport. Therefore, it is very relevant to focus on Metro systems and talk of green Metro.” Our country’s transport sector plays a crucial role in the implementation and promotion of environment-friendly and sustainable practices. The role of Indian Railway is particularly important as it’s one of the most extensive railway networks in the world.

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DMRC became the first railway project in the world to be registered by the United Nations under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in 2008, which enabled it to claim carbon credits. Then, in 2015, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) registered DMRC as the world’s first transport sector project under the Program of Activities (PoA), made it the managing entity for all other Metros of India.

AK Gupta, Director (Electrical), DMRC, and the Chairman of the conference, also highlighted the corporation’s green achievements.

– prepared by Kritika Dua of NewsGram. Twitter @DKritika08


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Long-awaited “Heritage Line” of Delhi Metro inches closer to being pressed into Service

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) submitted papers for the line connecting ITO and Kashmere Gate (5.17 km)

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New Delhi, March 17, 2017: The long-awaited “Heritage Line” of Delhi Metro inched closer to being pressed into service, as the DMRC submitted papers to the safety department on Friday for approval — the last step before the metro becomes available to commuters.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) submitted papers for the line connecting ITO and Kashmere Gate (5.17 km) to the Commissioner for Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) and also to the Independent Safety Assessor (ISA) for certification, after which the line will be opened to the general public.

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“The documents will be scrutinised by CMRS office and thereafter a CMRS inspection will be planned. The line will be opened for public after safety certification of signalling system by the ISA,” a statement issued by the transporter read.

A part of the Violet Line (ITO-Escorts Mujesar), the stretch was originally scheduled to be completed by December 2015 but missed several deadlines before its first trial-runs could be conducted in August last year.

“This was a challenging line from the very beginning. We had to execise extra caution during the construction because of the stretch being dotted with structures of historical value all along it. It also took us longer than usual time in getting clearance and securing landspace this time,” a DMRC official told IANS.

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Given the recurring delays, he could not bring himself to commit to any time-frame and say when the metro would become commuter-ready.

“I cannot commit any time. Earlier, there have been instances when we were given permission in a day. Not sure about now, it may take month or even more,” he said. (IANS)