Vijayawada railway station bags ISO-14001 certification

Vijayawada station, one of the busiest railway junctions in the country, has secured the prestigious Environmental Standard ISO 14001:2015 certification on Monday, making it an eco-smart station for efficient implementation of environment management system.

Vijayawada is one of the three stations selected under South Central Railway, in addition to Secunderabad and Kacheguda, for development into eco-smart stations in tune with the National Green Tribunal directive.

In all 36 railway stations across the country have been chosen, as per the NGT directive, for development into eco-smart stations.

A press release from SCR said these stations had to achieve compliance on 10 major parameters like cleanliness, solid waste disposal, water management, energy management, afforestation and plantation, for securing the ISO-14001 certification from Bureau of Indian Standards.

Audits were conducted in two stages at Vijayawada station in November and no 'non-conformities' were found in respect of the ten parameters, the release said. The ISO certificate would be valid till December 1, 2022, for implementing environmental management system using best and unique standards.