To make highways green, a total of 2.59 lakh saplings were planted last year while another 1 lakh will be planted in the ongoing monsoon, the government said.
"In order to make National Highways green, clean and pollution free, the National Highways Authority of India has planted 2.59 lakh plants in last one year. It has also been decided to institutionalise plantation as an integral part of highway development," the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said in a statement.
A portal is also being developed for monitoring of the plantation progress.
NHAI Chairman Deepak Kumar has directed all regional officers to ensure plantation of at least 1 lakh plants during the current monsoon season, according to the statement.
"NHAI is committed to make national highways green, clean and pollution free. This plantation drive will continue as a regular activity during monsoons and even after that with watering and maintenance thereon," the statement said.
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