Staff Reporter/HYM News
The Central government has launched Green Highways (Plantation, Transplantation, Beautification and Maintenance) Policy 2015, informed Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari to Lok Sabha on December 3, 2015.
The policy, which aims to develop eco-friendly National Highways in the country, would help create employment opportunities for around 10 lakh people, according to Mr. Gadkari.
He said that the eco-friendly highways would be created with the participation of the community, government agencies, forest department, farmers, among others.
Through Green Highways Policy, the minister said the government intends to evolve a framework for plantation along national highways to reduce the impact of air pollution and dust.
He added that plantation of trees and shrubs will not only reduce air pollutants, but also lessen the impact of the increasing noise pollution. It will also arrest soil erosion.