GS Paper - 2 (Infrastures)

Under the National Green Highways Mission (NGHM), more than 5,000 kilometres of avenue plantation works have been executed by the government so far. According to a document issued by the Road Transport and Highways Ministry, the stretches of national highways identified for plantations include NH-707, NH-158 and NH-70 among others.

What

  1. The government plans to carry out plantations along the National Highways with participation of the local communities, NGOs, farmers, private players, government agencies as well as Forest Departments (state level).
  2. The National Green Highways Mission was launched by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways following the promulgation of a ‘Green Highways Policy’ in the month of September 2015.
  3. The eco-friendly step was taken considering the importance of road network in generation of employment, economic growth, and reduction of poverty on one hand and the need to minimize adverse effects of forest diversion, vehicular pollution, and felling of trees.
  4. On 21 August 2020, a mobile application ‘Harit Path’ was launched by Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari in order to monitor the plantation along the national highways.