Hyderabad: Eight railway stations from Telugu states — Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Kacheguda, Vijayawada, Nizamabad, Kurnool city, Basar and Vikarabad — have been awarded the ISO 14001:2015 certification. The certificate is offered for providing transportation amenities, services to passengers, maintenance of cleanliness of station premises, and timely disposal of garbage.

Apart from these eight stations, Parli Vaijnath station in Maharashtra is also awarded an ISO certificate for implementing an environmental management system.

ISO 14001-certification to a railway station is issued based on the Environment Management System being adopted in managing the aspects that have a significant impact on the environment. It includes maintaining cleanliness, disposal of solid waste, pet bottle shredders, anti-littering, water and energy conservation, installation of solar energy, developing green belt, and implementing zero waste management.

Gajanan Mallya, General Manager of South Central Railway, said, “Railway stations are mass contact areas and maintaining environment-friendly atmosphere enables the comfortable and convenient flow of passengers in all aspects. Having an ISO 14001 certification gives immediate reassurance that railway stations are taking measures to minimise its impact on the environment.”

Meanwhile, three stations from South-Central Zone — Secunderabad, Kacheguda and Vijayawada — have been identified as Eco-Smart stations among select 36 stations across the country.

Dheeshma Puzhakkal

Dheeshma Puzhakkal is currently a Reporter with Newsmeter. An alumnus of Hyderabad Central University, she has interned with Greater Kashmir newspaper and NDTV. Dheeshma has also made short films and documentaries. Her documentary ‘Still I Rise’, which is based on sex-trafficking in Hyderabad’s Old City, has earned accolades in several film festivals, such as International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kerala (IDSFFK). An avid foodie, she loves to travel and listen to stories that others tell. Photography is one of her all-time interests. She has extensively written on satellite-based journalism, health, consumer, and data stories besides covering anti-crime investigative agencies.

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