Govt. goes for Rs. 5,000-cr green highways

    Green Highways
    Under the National Green Highways Mission that got underway recently at an investment worth Rs. 5000cr, the Union Road Transport and Highways Minister has kick-started the plantation drive along 1,500km of national highways at a cost of about Rs.300cr. The mission aims to provide a green canopy along 100,000km of highways and generate jobs for 1 million local youth. The government plans to spend an estimated amount of Rs.5, 000cr, which is 1% of the road construction cost of Rs. 5 trillion till 2019, with the mission and to link it with the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) to boost the rural economy. The ministry has aimed to expand the length of national highways to 2 lakh km from about 1 lakh km currently and plantation along national highways will be taken up very aggressively. On this score, the government has already taken about a dozen of state governments on board and also many PSUs have shown a readiness to pitch in as Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has adopted NH 31 for plantation and maintenance of trees. Coal India Ltd. has also shown a willingness to join the green highways project.
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