Sushil Kumar, Managing Director, UPMRCL
We can significantly improve sustainability levels by minimizing material waste. In UPMRCL, collection, segregation, storage and disposal of different types of waste are done as per legal norms. Organic waste management is undertaken by the installation of Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) at stations, at the depots and at construction worker camps. UPMRCL is cleaning the waste water and reusing it for horticulture in Depot and Viaduct sections. Metro Train Depot functions as a “Zero Discharge Facility” as no wastewater is discharged from its premises. Similarly, ETP (Effluent Treatment Plant) and STPs have been built in every depot to treat waste water arising from cleaning of trains, day-to-day activities inside the depot, and waste generated from residential/office areas inside the metro depot.
Minimizing wastage & harvesting waterUPMRCL takes care of every drop of water by minimizing its wastage. It was always emphasized to have efficient water fixtures in the Metro rail stations of UPMRCL. Be it Lucknow or Kanpur or Agra, it is followed with great commitment. Water fixtures used at UPMRCL Metro stations are 30-40% more efficient than conventional water fixtures. By this, it is expected that Metro stations of UPMRCL will save lakhs of litres of water every year.
Besides, UPMRCL has also taken steps to harvest rainwater in all its projects. In the Lucknow Metro Project, comprising of 23km long alignment; more than 300 rainwater harvesting pits have been created to capture the rainwater for harvesting. With this, we have created a capacity to harvest almost 20 lakh litres of water during the rainy season. A similar arrangement has been planned in Kanpur and Agra Metros. It is expected that upon completion of the projects they will create an additional 15 – 20 lakh litres of rainwater harvesting capacity in the cities of Kanpur and Agra.Coloured dustbins are placed at all sites to help segregate the waste. More than 75% of the Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste generated during the project is reused for other construction activities.