Green plan for Maharashtra's national highways

The 10,624 km of national highways in Maharashtra are in for a greening. The state government and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) have signed an MoU for afforestation alongside the highways.
The Ministry of Road Transport has in its Green Highways Policy 2015 provided for creation of green corridors along national highways. The policy document spells out the criteria for plantation of trees and shrubs, taking into account visibility for traffic visibility. It states that the parties entering an agreement should adhere to norms for planting trees on curves and the minimum distance to be maintained.
Forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said the state government had taken up tree plantation along national highways as a mission.“There is only one planet in the universe where life exists.Human life exists only because of trees,“ said minister. Among the trees that have been shortlisted for plantation include neem, tamarind tree, coconut tree, bamboo, ber, custard apple and babul.
The countrywide project envisages planting trees on 4 lakh acres along national highways in 10 years.

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