Mumbai: Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has decided to plant 8 lakh trees along the Samruddhi Mahamarg.
National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) will take care of the trees to help MSRDC conserve greenery along the stretch.
MSRDC, the implementing authority for the proposed 701 km Mumbai-Nagpur super communication expressway, will embark on the tree plantation drive in partnership with the NBRI.
As part of its tree plantation policy, MSRDC will plant 1,326 trees on a stretch of one kilometre. Thus almost eight lakh trees will be planted along the 600 km of the total 701 km stretch of the Expressway.
Radheshyam Mopalwar, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of MSRDC said the MSRDC is committed towards the conservation of environment while developing the Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg.
“We are going to plant maximum trees during the construction of the Expressway. As per the rules laid down by Indian Roads Council, 583 trees need to be planted per kilometre, but we are going to plant more than double the trees while developing Samruddhi Mahamarg,” he said.
“Trees will also be planted along interchanges, rest areas, wayside amenities coming up along the arterial road. Lucknow-based National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) has agreed to guide the workforce in achieving the target,” he said.
Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg will pass through 10 districts, 26 talukas and 390 villages. Therefore, NBRI will determine the kind of trees that need to be planted on the highway by studying the soil, air, water, rainfall and weather condition of every area. According to the recommendations made by the organization, nursery will be developed first following which trees along the stretch will be planted that will be taken care of by MSRDC.