Monday, April 23, 2018

Green Highways (Plantation, Transplantation, Beautification & Maintenance) Policy, 2015.

It was launched in 2015 to promote greening of National Highways corridors in India. Its key features are:

  1. Promoting greening and development eco-friendly National Highway corridors across the country with participation of farmers, private sector and government institutions including Forest Department.
  2. Objective is to reduce the impact of air pollution and dust by planting trees and shrubs along the National Highways.
  3. Stake holders: Contracts for greening highways will be given to NGOs, agencies, private companies and government organisations. These stakeholders will be responsible for the survival and health of trees.
  4. There will be strong monitoring mechanism in place by using ISRO’s Bhuvan and GAGAN satellite systems. Every planted tree will be counted and auditing will be done.
  5. Every year 1 per cent of the total cost of highway projects will go the Green Highways Fund.