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Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari has launched the Green Highways (Plantation, Transplantation, Beautification & Maintenance) Policy, 2015. The aim of the policy is to promote greening of highway corridors with participation of the community, farmers, private sector, NGOs, and government institutions. The Minister said one per cent of the total project cost of all highways projects will be kept aside for plantation and maintenance. He said that about Rs 1,000 cr will be available for plantation annually.
He added that there would be strong monitoring mechanisms in place by using ISRO´s Bhuvan and GAGAN satellite systems. Every planted tree would be counted and auditing would be done. Gadkari also asked the state governments to start programmes on similar lines. He added that the policy would generate employment opportunities for about five lakh people from the rural areas.