One of the banes of modern living is the rising toll of pollution that we let out into the world. It is not a secret that the industrial revolution in any country lends heavily to its pollution. Now, Agra, one of the most polluted regions in India is taking a herbal step towards a greener and cleaner city. Tourists who visit Agra to get a glimpse of the iconic Taj Mahal will be greeted by roads filled with herbal trees, that will help reduce pollution and erosion. Read on to know more.
Uttar Pradesh To Develop ‘Herbal Belts’ Or Roads Filled With Medicinal Trees
In an innovative effort by the UP government called the “herbal belt” initiative, they plan to develop 800 km of roads ” with medicinal trees to provide raw materials and help prevent land erosion. Among these roads, even Agra will get a herbal road to help facilitate soil preservation. According to the report by TOI, medicinal trees include amla, sheesham, and neem. Currently, 16km of road in three different locations have been shortlisted. As per the Public Works Department (Agra), 610 herbal saplings will be planted that will connect rural areas to Agra city. While 170 saplings will be planted in Bichpuri-Achnera Road, Bah-Kachoraghat Road will get 190 saplings and Shamshabad-Rajakhera Road will get 250 saplings.
Neem, Mulberry, Jamun, Peepal Saplings To Be Planted In Agra & Other Regions
Besides beautification, the PWD chief engineer Satya Prakash informed TOI that they will start planting peepal, Indian blackberry (jamun), neem, and mulberry saplings next week. He also informed that each sapling will be covered with iron tree guards to protect them from stray animals. Satya Prakash added that this is an eco-friendly initiative of the state government. Meanwhile, have you heard of Bengaluru’s first ever zero waste juice bar?