The Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and MSME Nitin Gadkari has launched ‘Harit Path’, a mobile app to monitor the plantations through geo-tagging and web-based GIS enabled monitoring tools.
The app has been developed by NHAI to monitor location, growth, species details, maintenance activities, targets and achievements of each of its field units for each and every plant under all plantation projects.
While inaugurating the mobile app, Nitin Gadkari emphasized on strict monitoring of plantation and transplantation of trees.
The Minister suggested that specialised persons/agencies should be hired for plantation of trees along the highways.
The officials assured that they will be able to achieve the goal of 100% plantation on highways upto March 2022.
While discussing the issue of Transplantation of trees, Gadkari said that it should be our mission to save all the trees from being cut and specialised agencies equipped with new technologies should be hired for the purpose. The minister stressed upon using local indigenous material like jute, coir, etc for strengthening purposes. Gadkari also said that the right choice of species suiting local conditions is also very important.
NHAI has planted over 25 lakh plants in 25 days along the stretches of the National Highways between 21st July to 15th August 2020. The drive takes the total cumulative number of plantations done during the current year to 35.22 lakh.