On Tuesday, Nitin Gadkari will launch its Green Highways Policy which will make it mandatory for road developers to set aside 1 percent of the total project cost for plantation
“Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari will release the Green Highways (Plantation, Transplantation, Beautification and Maintenance) Policy, 2015 at the National Conference in New Delhi tomorrow,” an official statement said on Tuesday.
The policy is aimed at “greening of highway corridors with the participation of the community, farmers, private sector, NGOs, and government institutions”, the statement said.
The community after the implementation will be benefited in terms of huge entrepreneurship development and employment opportunities, it said, huge environmental benefits will be added also which will even contribute to the economic development of India.
Over 1,000 delegates from all over India at the National Conference will participate and think upon many issues related to the development of Green Highways in India.
It will have technical sessions on many issues such as steps towards successful plantation, designing green belt-A strategic approach along national highways and saving trees through transplanting.
With more focus on transforming the highways into green corridors to check on pollution and minimise them, the ‘Green Fund’ is the brainchild of Gadkari, and he confident that once begin, it will not only create huge number of jobs but also contribute significantly to the economic growth of the country.