24 January, 2021

The Highway To A Green Economics

Green Highways are not just about planting trees but a concept of enhancing environmental sustainability of highway investments and operations by enhancing the climate change mitigation (GHG emissions) and adaptation during construction, maintenance and operation of highways and road traffic. It has to include better focus on the engineering aspects right from design, to material usage, waste reduction, and recycling and reuse.

The Highway To A Green Economics

Taking a leaf from the best of Indian and global practices that have led to the creation of many a majestic tree lined avenues linking numerous cities, towns and villages down the ages, the Ministry of Road transport and Highways (MoRTH) has embarked on a mega National Green Highways Mission (NGHM), under National Highways Authority of India  that seeks to not just create scenic beauty as seen in Srinagar but also serve multiple purposes. To name just a few – protect biodiversity, raise agro-forests to meet industry needs, create a carbon sink while providing employment and generating resources at the local level.

With 14.1% of all green house gas (GHG) emissions globally coming from the transportation sector, there is growing realization of the need to address issues leading to this state, given its direct impact on environment, health and climate. According to a 2010 government study, the transport sector in India is estimated to emit 142.04 million tons of CO2 equivalent, 73.1% of which is from the road transport alone. In view of this, the Ministry of Road...



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