Your long-drives set to get a lot greener with Nitin Gadkari determined to plant 125 crore trees along the highways by 2022

In next few years, during your drive down the highways you might see a lot more greenery around than you do now. This is because the Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari has determined to plant 125 crore trees along the national highways, equal to the total population of the nation. This initiative is likely to benefit the environment greatly.

Gadkari, while interacting with media at his residence on his return to the city after taking the charge of the ministry, was confident that all the ongoing highway projects will be completed by 2022. He stressed that work on most of the projects had already started and on others the work would begin soon and all of them will be completed within three years.

“We will complete all highway projects within three years. I will try to complete the target of constructing roads to 40 kilometres per day from the current 32 km per day target,” he said.

Mr Gadkari, who is also Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi expects his department to help in increasing the growth rate of the country.

“Enterprises department is connected to growth rate and employment potential and the Prime Minister expects our growth rate to increase because of the same. I will do a lot of hard work to fulfil his expectations,” he said.

The Union Minister also said that he will provide all required support to the ministers of Jal Shakti department and river connectivity.

Mr Gadkari arrived at his parliamentary constituency of Nagpur on Saturday morning after being sworn-in as the Union Minister on May 30.

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