UP Government implements Herbal Roads Project
The Uttar Pradesh Government is to implement Herbal Roads Project in a stretch of 800 km in the state.
Under the project, the state government is to plant trees that have medicinal values on either sides of the roads. The herbal trees to be planted include Neem, Peepal, Sehjan, etc. The plants will provide raw materials to medicines and will also help in preventing erosion of land.
The 800 km road for the project has been selected along national and state highway. The highways will keep bacterial and air-borne diseases at bay.
The project was launched in 18 districts. Such an initiative has already been implemented in Delhi-Yamunotri State Highway 57. Around 34 varieties of herbal trees are to be planted.
The project also aims to reduce the growth of non-native species such as bonsai and cactus in homes.
The Brahmi tree gives sharpness in memory, ashwagandha is used in general wellness. It is to be noted that Ashwagandha was recently included in the study to fight against COVID-19. It is also being looked as an alternative to Hydroxychloroquine.