The launch of the Green highway project in the country has transformed the definition of development. Gone are the days when people gave two hoots about the environment. Ongoing climate change in the world has forced the Indian government to take radical steps to ensure sustainable infrastructure development. NGOs and various other organizations are roped into plant trees along the highway and ensure a pollution free environment. Whatmore, the green highway project India has stipulated different rules and regulations for the organizations responsible for maintaining the natural vegetation.
Globalization is responsible for the breakneck development of India, however, special focus is on creating roads as they help in transportation of goods from one place to another. The infrastructure has many advantages, but it also adversely impacts the environment. For instance, large numbers of trees are felled to make way and it results in the loss of the natural environment. In addition, disappearance of forests leads to change in climatic activities.
NGHM is the primary authority that oversees the construction activities. It has issued orders to the residents located near the highways to plant different types of trees. They play an important role to provide shade to people and go a long way in maintaining the ecological balance. Indiscriminate development has caused more harm than good to the people. They are affected by diseases due to pollution caused by the vehicles. The presence of trees would help to increase the level of oxygen in the air and reduce the level of toxic substances.
Green highway mission focuses on inclusive growth and continuous innovation to make the project not only viable but beneficial for the environment. Government is offering tax breaks to the private companies so that they can carry out the construction activities in an easy and hassle free manner.
The authorities have also allowed the private parties to collect toll for a minimum of 20 years. It is quite a relief because financial incentives are available for the companies. Startups are being encouraged to implement new technologies in enhancing the green cover of the surroundings. They would develop operational models and involve the local communities in the decision making process.
Research and training would be organized by the NGHM to build the capacity for accomplishing the task. Collaboration with international and national organization is sought to ensure that development doesn’t alter the balance between the flora and fauna.
Authorities have also roped in Power Finance Corporation to carry out the plantation work seamlessly on the NH-9 highway that connects the Nagpur region. It is a wonderful initiative and could be the torch bearer for future endeavors. One of the revolutionary decisions is to involve more than 70% of the local work force to carry out the job. It is bound to go a long way in delivering employment and also increase the productivity of the people. Recent memorandum of understanding between the two organizations is a start to the entrepreneurial culture in the country. The cumulative result of such ventures could have positive consequences for the country in the future.
Keywords: Green highway project, green highway project India
By: NGHM India
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