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23 December THE GREEN NATIONAL HIGHWAYS CORRIDORS PROJECT

The Central Government and the World Bank signed a $500 million project to build safe and green national highway corridors in the States of Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.

The project will also enhance the capacity of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) in mainstreaming safety and green technologies.

The Green National Highways Corridors Project will support MoRTH construct 783 km of highways in various geographies by integrating safe and green technology designs such as local and marginal materials, industrial byproducts, and other bioengineering solutions.

SIGNIFICANCE OF PROJECT

*The project will help reduce GHG emissions in the construction and maintenance of highways.

*Government of India is committed to environmentally sustainable development in its infrastructure projects. This project will set new standards in the construction of safe motorable roads.

*The ultimate objective of transport infrastructure is to provide seamless connectivity and reduce logistics costs.

*The Government of India has launched many investment programs in road sector infrastructure to strengthen and improve logistics performance.

*This project will also support analytics to map the freight volume and movement pattern on the National Highway network, identify constraints, and provide innovative logistics solutions.

*The project will support the ministry with an in-depth analysis of gender-related issues in the transport sector along with help in creating jobs for women by training women-led micro enterprises and women collectives to implement green technologies in the highway corridors.

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