Inventorization of railway sidings and guidelines for their environment management

Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has been frequently receiving Public Complaints from the nearby residents of the Railway Sidings regarding problems of Air Pollution mainly due to the loading/ unloading activities as well as transportation activities from Railway Sidings. As of now, there are no guidelines for the Environmentally Sound Management of the Railway Sidings in India. CPCB has therefore initiated a study on Inventorization of all the major sidings in the country and on the basis of the data collected through field surveys as well as Questionnaires the Guidelines on Environmentally Sound Management of Railway Sidings have been developed. CPCB hired the services of Rail India Technical and Economic Service( RITES), Gurgaon for carrying out this study.