Guwahati Railway Station has become the first station in India to obtain the ISO 14001: 2015 certification for implementation of environment management system by carrying out directives issued by the National Green Tribunal.
An official statement said that the certification has been issued for “providing passenger amenities in clean and green environment throughout the entire railway station premises with high class reserve (VIP) lounge, waiting rooms, AC and non-AC retiring rooms, refreshing area, food courts and sanitation.”
It said that as per direction of the National Green Tribunal, NF Railway had given consultancy contract for environment management system to M/s Caliber Management Solutions in February this year.
“M/s Caliber Management Solution is a consultancy firm based in Delhi and Guwahati which is the authorised associate of TNV Certification. TNV Certification is the authorised certification body of the International Accreditation Services (IAS) of United States of America, which is a member of International Accreditation Forum (IAF). While ISO makes standard and policy, IAF regulates and authorises certification bodies to issue certificates after assessment to meet compliance as per related standard,” the statement said.
M/s Caliber Management Solution had started auditing the facilities at the Guwahati Railway Station on February 22 and completed the work on March 22 March. The report and certification were received on March 26.
ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) is responsible for establishing standard in different areas of activities. There are many types of ISO certification and ISO-14001 is for environment management system as per international norms and was upgraded last in 2015. Hence the certificate is called ISO 14001:2015.
“The certification will be reviewed in 2020 and so stricter environment norms regarding waste disposal, etc., have to be adhered to by NF Railway in the Guwahati station area. Provision of mechanised cleaning, anti-rodent treatment, use of standard cleaning chemicals, etc., which are already in place, will be monitored and audited by the certifying agencies,” the statement said.