02 October, 2020

The Mission Intends To Learn From The Global Best Practices

Dr A. K Bhattacharya, IFS (Retd) MD of the National Green Highways Mission, in a interview outlines the strategy being deployed and the progress made so far in the effort to green the highways

The Mission Intends To Learn From The Global Best Practices

Your mission has multiple objectives of improving the environment, developing agro-forestry, protecting biodiversity, employment and resource generation. What has been the progress so far?  

So far, the Mission has awarded Green Highways Projects (GHPs) along 2300 kms across 11 states to State Forest Departments, empanelled plantations agencies and small scale start up agencies. The work is in initial stages and the real progress and impact on ground will be visible in near future. The beginning has been made.

Plantation and allied activities require large manual workforce, generating livelihoods opportunities for semi/unskilled workers. Highways plantations are expected to generate sustained employment opportunity for 1 lakh semi/unskilled workers for minimum 250 days a year in next 10 years. On an average, it is expected to provide 4000 man-days of employment per km in plantation and management activities. There will be an equal amount of indirect employment opportunities for community members by promoting rural entrepreneurs and establishing...



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