World Environment Day 2022 is commemorated at Central Railway in line with activities initiated by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) with a focus on this year’s theme “Only One Earth”.
Anil Kumar Lahoti, General Manager, Central Railway laid the cornerstone of the 200 Kiloliter Daily Wastewater Treatment Plant (KLD) at the New Development Complex, Wadi Bunder, Mumbai. AK Gupta, Chief Mechanical Engineer, Shalabh Goel, Division Railway Manager, Mumbai Division and other Department Heads, Division branch officers were present on the occasion.
On that occasion Dr. Rajesh Biniwale, Senior Principal Scientist, from the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) was also present and explained the importance of this waste treatment plant in environmental sustainability.
Anil Kumar Lahoti while giving a speech said that Central Railways has won the Environment and Hygiene shield at the recent National Railway Awards Function for the third time in a row. This shows CR’s commitment to the environment. He also said CR has rainwater harvesting units in 158 locations, 3 automatic washing plants which have helped in water conservation. More wastewater treatment plants will be installed in the coming years inching towards the establishment of zero discharge.
He also said that CR in its efforts to revive and restore the ecosystem system through massive planting planted more than 5 lakh trees in various locations, 3 miyawaki plantations viz. 2 in Bhusaval and one in Lokmanya Tilak Terminus; 15 nurseries, one oxygen chamber, herb garden with 85% survival rate.
CR has 32 water treatment plants to treat sewage and sewage through more than one crore liter of water daily which comes as a sustainable solution to the growing water crisis apart from eliminating the discharge of polluted water into the environment.
– Anil Kumar Lahoti said that – waste management is an important chapter for a broad transportation organization such as a railway which handles millions of passengers and transport activities. CR has installed compost bins and compost tumbler plants to turn food scraps, vegetables and fruit into good compost for use in gardens at Bhusaval and Lonavala stations, train colonies at Pune and Matunga Workshop. 48 plastic bottle crushers at 37 stations to combat the plastic threat. CR has 100% bio-toilet installed in all train carriages which helps maintain a fresh and healthy environment.
He said CR has an installed solar power generation capacity of 7.4MWp and targets 5MWp for the coming year. He also said Central Railway has 3 CSMT stations, Nagpur and Solapur which have IGBC Gold certification and 77 stations certified by ISO as eco-smart stations. Lahoti said we should try more stations to get IGBC certification which not only saves cost but also preserves the environment.
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