- For transforming India’s 90,000 kms of national highways into green corridors, the government will soon implement an ambitious policy under which one per cent of the road construction cost will go towards planting trees, by creating a brigade of 1,000 contractors for this task.
- Nitin Gadkari said if the cost of road construction comes to around Rs. 1 lakh crore, Rs. 1,000 crore will go for plantation.
- He added that besides planting trees, the government is against felling of trees and a technology was being imported from Canada for transplantations.
- The Indian road network of 33 lakh kms is the second largest in the world and consists of 92,851 kms of National Highways, which constitutes only 1.7 per cent of the road network but carry about 40 per cent of the total road traffic.