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Green Highway Fund
Sep 10, 2015

The government is planning to create a Green Highways Fund under its ambitious policy to transform India's 96,000 km network of National Highways under which it will be mandatory to set aside 1 per cent of the total road project cost for plantation. 

The Road Transport and Highways Ministry is formulating the Green Highways (Plantation & Maintenance) Policy-2015 to develop eco-friendly NHs with the participation of community, farmers, NGOs, private sector, government agencies and the Forest Department. 

Key Points

  • It has been decided that henceforth, for the work related to the greening of National Highways, 1 per cent of the civil work cost should be added separately while arriving at the Total Project Cost (TPC) of National Highways being developed on EPC/BOT mode. 

  • If the cost of road construction comes to around Rs 1 lakh crore, Rs 1,000 crore will go for plantation. 

  • This fund will be transferred to NHAI to maintain a separate fund account called 'Green Highways Fund' only for this purpose. 

  • NHAI will act only as a Fund Manager for maintaining the account and releasing payments based on recommendation of concerned officials and agencies. 

  • This Fund will be utilised for Plantation & Maintenance work on all stretches of National Highways. 

  • The government plans to create a team of 1,000 contractors to fulfil this ambitious task.

  • Planting trees in any particular area will depend on the soil suitability there, besides climate and success stories like Alphanso can be planted in Konkan in Maharashtra. 

  • The new green policy will help create jobs and contribute to the economic growth. 

The Indian road network of 33 lakh km is the second largest in the world and consists of about 96,000 kms of NHs, which constitute only 1.7 per cent of the road network but carry about 40 per cent of the total road traffic. 


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