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Green Cover Index

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

 

Source: PIB

 Context: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), a part of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

  • The collaboration aims to develop and report a “Green Cover Index” for India’s extensive National Highways network.
  • The Green Highways Policy, initiated in 2015, prioritizes greening highway corridors, and currently, monitoring relies on field visits.
  • This innovative approach promises a reliable, time-saving, and cost-effective solution, allowing for a macro-level assessment of greenness along highways.

The project’s primary goal is to capture the Green Cover Index region-wise for National Highways in the first assessment cycle, followed by annual cycles focusing on estimating growth patterns.