A three-day workshop on National Convention on Innovations in Green Highways has been inaugurated in the capital. Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Mansukh Lal Mandavia said that there would be a greater success in greening highways if the local farmers are also involved. The farmers if involved in plantation, maintenance, and protection would give them a sense of responsibility and ownership. The minister also expressed the hope that the convention will come up with actionable ideas that would be useful for the country. Mandavia also pointed out that the greening of the highways along with the Swachata Abhiyan could go a long way in improving the climate.
Raghav Chandra, Chairman, NHAI who spoke at the inauguration said that he was happy that his organisation, while constructing National Highways, would also be associated with ´restoring the environment through aesthetic greening.´