Work is being done on a plan to develop 12 stations under Varanasi division of Uttar Pradesh as green stations. The 12 stations which have been selected by the Ministry of Railways are Azamgarh, Ballia, Belthara Road, Chhapra, Deoria Sadar, Bhatni, Siwan, Mau, Ghazipur City, Manduwadih, Varanasi City and Khorasan Road stations. Some of these stations are from Uttar Pradesh and some of Bihar. To convert the stations into green stations, official consent has been taken by the Pollution Control Boards of both the states.
A plan will be worked out on green stations to control water and air pollution as per NGT norms. As a model Manduwadih railway station has already been developed as green station keeping the water and air quality under control as per NGT norms. In this regard, Manduwadih station has also got 5-S certification from Quality Circle Forum of India. Along with this, water recycling plants have been set up at Manduwadih and Chapra coaching depots for water conservation.
Automatic Coach Washing Plant is also proposed to be installed at both the stations for cleaning the coaches. On this issue, VK Panjiar, DRM, Varanasi Division told NBT that the use of bio-toilets does not allow the dirt (excreta) from the coaches to fall on the tracks. Their use has been successful in preventing 2 lakh 74 thousand liters of dirt from falling on the track daily. Apart from this, it is proposed to develop green nurseries at Chhapra, Ballia, Mau and Ghazipur City stations on vacant land along railway tracks in Varanasi division.
Apart from all this, pump automation for saving water, development of goods shed as per NGT standards, removal of diesel generators from stations, maximum electrification of railway tracks and reduction in the use of diesel engines are some of the main works. , which is being done fast, giving priority. Along with this, work is also being done on the installation of solar panels and rain harvesting system.
33441 units of electricity are being generated daily from the solar panels already installed at the buildings and stations of Varanasi division. Digitization is being resorted to to minimize the use of paper. Work is being done fast on the plan to make the stations and offices of the division single plastic use free. With all these initiatives, the railways is working on a plan to move towards minimum carbon emissions.