Pilot project for developing greenbelt along National Highways

By | November 27, 2015

Ministry of Road Transport & Highways of Govt of India on 27-November, 2015

NHAI approves pilot project for developing strategically designed greenbelt along National Highways

NHAI has approved a pilot project submitted by National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur for undertaking scientific studies on designing greenbelts along national highways.  The project will be implemented on a 5 km stretch on NH-7 between Jam and Hinganghat in Nagpur region at an estimated cost of  Rs.11.80 crore .  Around 20,000 trees of scientifically chosen species are proposed to be planted on both sides of this stretch in multiple rows.  Work activities have been delineated considering two major factors :

(a)  Highway requirement and objectives

  • Traffic frequency
  • Available space
  • Soil type
  • Water availability
  • Climatic conditions
  • Anthropogenic interference

(b)  Plant characteristics to fit in the site requirement

  • Height
  • Canopy cover
  • Air pollution Tolerance Index
  • Sociability

The project will run for 5 years, and during this period various experiments will be conducted in NEERI laboratory to record the impact of greenbelt development.  Besides developing greenbelt, the project will also assist in developing relevant research infrastructure that may be used for similar studies in future.

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