It was launched in 2015 to promote greening of National Highways corridors in India. Its key features are:
- Promoting greening and development eco-friendly National Highway corridors across the country with participation of farmers, private sector and government institutions including Forest Department.
- Objective is to reduce the impact of air pollution and dust by planting trees and shrubs along the National Highways.
- 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.
- 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.
- Every year 1 per cent of the total cost of highway projects will go the Green Highways Fund.