Pollution is one of the banes of modern living. It is not a mystery that the industrial revolution in any nation lends heavily to its environmental degradation. Agra, one of the most polluted areas in India, is taking a herbal step to becoming a more sustainable and cleaner city. Travelers who visit Agra to get a glimpse of the iconic Taj Mahal will be greeted by roads filled with herbal plants to help reduce pollution and erosion. Learn more about this in the next section.
Uttar Pradesh To Develop ‘Herbal Belts’ Or Roads Filled With Medicinal Trees
In an innovative work by the UP government called the “herbal belt” drive, they propose to develop 800 km of roads ” with medicinal trees to produce raw materials and help prevent land depletion. Among these roads, even Agra will get a herbal driveway to help facilitate soil preservation. According to the story by TOI, medicinal trees incorporate amla, Sheesham, and neem. Currently, 16km of road in three different areas have been identified. According to the Public Works Department (Agra), 610 herbal seedlings will be cultivated to connect rural areas to the city. There will be 170 saplings planted on Bichpuri-Achnera Road, 190 saplings on Bah-Kachoraghat Road, and 250 saplings on Shamshabad-Rajakhera Road.
Neem, Mulberry, Jamun, Peepal Saplings To Be Planted In Agra & Other Regions
Besides beautification, PWD chief engineer Satya Prakash told TOI that peepal, Indian blackberry (Jamun), neem, and mulberry saplings would be planted next week. Furthermore, each sapling would be covered with iron tree guards to protect it from stray animals. Satya Prakash noted that this is an eco-friendly initiative by the state government.