UP to soon get ‘herbal roads’ with plants of medicinal value planted on both side of roads

Uttar Pradesh is all set to get herbal roads soon! Reportedly, trees that are of medicinal value, along with those that are used in Ayurvedic medicine, such as sheesham, amla, and neem will be planted on the sides of roads in Agra.

A press release has been released by the state government, stating that UP Deputy CM and PWD Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya has directed his officials to take all possible action to make this project a success, which is a part of Uttar Pradesh state government’s ‘herbal belt’ initiative.

Reportedly, the state government plans to develop 800 km of roads in the state as a ‘herbal belt’ with trees that have medicinal value and to prevent land erosion. The Minister is of the view that this project would provide multiple benefits, i.e., medicinal benefits, development,  beautification, and promote biodiversity.

The release also stated that the government will set up a facility of rainwater recharging systems along these roads, so that groundwater conservation is also managed.

Further, reports have it that these herbal roads would be developed along national and state highways that pass through Uttar Pradesh, whereas the herbal gardens along these roads would also help to prevent spread of bacterial, air-borne, as well as other diseases.

As per the officials of Public Works Department (Agra), 610 herbal saplings will be planted in three roads that connect rural areas to Agra city, while 170 saplings will be planted in Bichpuri- Achnera Road; 190 saplings in Bah-Kachoraghat Road; and Shamshabad-Rajakhera Road will get 250 saplings.

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