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14 Mar 2020Posted By: Mudit Handa


ISO 14001 Certification for 11 Railway Stations in Palakkad Division

It is beyond any doubt that the Indian Railways have been the mainstay of the evergrowing Indian economy. Serving as the basis of the infrastructural advancement of the country, the Indian Railways Network has broken down all the barriers of language and culture. It is important to make sure that the Indian Railways that carry above 23 million passengers daily, must be equipped with eco-friendly and hygienic features at the railway stations. This can be assured by adopting the globally recognized benchmarks, such as the ISO 14001 certification.

 

1. Role of Environmental Management System in Indian Railways

Environmental Management System (EMS) refers to a framework of policies that help in ensuring environmental compliances throughout an organization. In other words, EMS refers to a methodology for reducing harm to the environment caused by the day to day activities in an organization.

In recent years, the condition of the Indian Railways is enhancing steadily. The Indian Railway stations are progressing towards holistic and sustainable development as per the global benchmarks. Several railway stations in India have been conferred the ISO certification for EMS till now.


2. ISO 14001 certified Indian Railway stations

A noteworthy case of a railway station that has attained the holistic and eco-friendly development is the Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station of Kerala, that was granted the ISO certification 14001:2015 for Environmental Management System.

Adding to the list of eco-friendly Railway stations, are the 11 ultramodern Railway stations of the Southern Railways network that have recently granted the ISO certification 14001:2015 for an ideal Environmental Management System.

Let us know about these 11 advanced eco-friendly stations in detail.


3. ISO 14001 certification of 11 Southern Railway stations

Very recently, 11 railroad stations in Palakkad division of the Southern Railways Network have now been awarded the ISO 14001:2015 certification for ideal Environmental Management System, taking note of the eco-friendly measures that have been implemented over there. The divisional railroad administrator, Palakkad division of Southern Railways, Sh. Pratap Singh Shami has announced about the ISO 14001 certification of these 11 Southern Railway stations on 12th March 2020.


4. List of all 11 ISO 14001 certified railway stations

The 11 southern railway stations that have been recently granted the ISO 14001 certification for the Environmental Management System are list below:-

  • Kasaragod,

  • Kanhangad,

  • Payyannur,

  • Kannur,

  • Thalassery,

  • Vadakara,

  • Quilandi

  • Tirur,

  • Mangaluru Central,

  • Mangaluru Junction and

  • Kozhikode


5. Salient features of the ISO 14001 certified Railway stations

There are various contributing factors behind the ISO 14001 certification of these 11 Indian Railway stations of Palakkad division. In the past few months, several noteworthy steps have been executed by the Southern Railway Department so as to get these 11 stations recognised under the ISO certification standard for EMS. These measures are explained below:-

  • One such measure is the start of hi-tech sanitization mechanism at all railway stations, which includes the bio-toilets on trains. Such bio-toilets have helped in a great rise in the cleanliness standard of the stations. 

  • After the introduction of such bio-toilets, faecal waste can't be discharged directly onto the railroad track. 

  • The specialists have lined up with the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, and endeavours have been genuinely made to instruct the travellers about the hygiene at the premises. 

  • Basic hygiene is further ensured by the rail department. A high punishment has been forced on the people who attempt to deface the station premises. 

  • Heavy fine for filthing the railroad premises is imposed, in the range between INR 200 to INR 500. Punishment for dumping any sort of waste onto railroad station premises is INR 1,500. 

  • These are a portion of the imperative advances taken by the railroad position to improve the cleanliness and neatness at these 11 stations.


6. Significance of the ISO 14001:2015 EMS

ISO 14001 is a global standard that determines the prerequisites for a successful environmental management system (EMS). It recognizes an association that deals with its environmental management system (EMS). It acknowledges an entity that deals with its environmental obligations in a systematic way in accordance with the ISO standard guidelines. It gives a well-defined structure that an association must follow, as opposed to the building up of necessities for environmental management.

In this regard, the 11 railway stations have set an example for all the organizations of India for the development of a successful environmental management system (EMS).

 

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