NHAI Has Given Green Flag to Pilot Project for Developing Greenbelts Along National Highways

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National Highways Authorities of India (NHAI) has given green flag to a pilot project as responsibility scientific studies on designing greenbelts along national highways. This was submitted by Nagpur based National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) .

Key facts:

  • The pilot project will be implemented in Nagpur region on a 5 km section on NH - 7 (Varanasi to Kanyakumari) between Jam and Hinganghat.
  • At the cost of 11 crore 80 lakh rupees, approximately 20,000 scientifically chosen types of trees are planned to be planted on both sides of this stretch in multiple rows.
  • The project will be completed in five years՚ time. And in this period several experiments will be conducted in NEERI laboratory to record the effect of greenbelt development.
  • Work activities have been described in view of two major factors: Highway requirement and objectives along with Plant characteristics to fit in the site requirement.
  • Traffic frequency, available space, soil type, water availability, climatic conditions and anthropogenic interference Plant characteristics to fit in the site requirement would depend on height, canopy cover, air pollution Tolerance Index and sociability of selected species of trees this all are included in highway requirement and objectives.
  • Developing greenbelt, also support in developing relevant research infrastructure that may be used for similar studies in future.

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