In news- Recently the progress under the Green National Highway Corridors (GNHCP) was reviewed by the Union government.
- The Government of India and the World Bank signed a $500 million project to build safe and green national highway corridors in the states of Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.
- The loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), has a maturity of 18.5 years including a grace period of five years.
- The project includes upgradation of about 781 km length of various National Highways passing through the above said states.
- The scheduled date of completion is December, 2025.
- The project will also enhance the capacity of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) in mainstreaming safety and green technologies.
- The objective of transport infrastructure is to provide seamless connectivity and reduce logistics costs.
- The project will help reduce GHG emissions in the construction and maintenance of highways.
- It will also support analytics to map the freight volume and movement pattern on the National Highway network, identify constraints, and provide innovative logistics solutions.
- It helps in creating jobs for women by training women-led micro enterprises and women collectives to implement green technologies in the highway corridors.
- The first stretch of green highway being built under the project is expected to be completed by December 2021 in Rajasthan.