New Delhi, Mar 28 (PTI) The NHAI has joined hands with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for developing a green corridor along a 16.55 km stretch in Varanasi, the government said today. Also Read - Crime Against Women: Varanasi Girls Create 'Smart Knife' Which Alerts Police & Family in an Emergency

“The NHAI has collaborated with AAI for developing green corridor along Varanasi Bypass covering 16.55 kms of NH 56 and NH 29. A formal Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) was signed towards this between AAI and NHAI today. Also Read - Monsoon Session Day 2: Lok Sabha Passes Essential Commodities Bill to Raise Farmer Income, Boost Agri Sector | Highlights

“AAI has agreed to provide financial assistance of Rs 5 crore for plantations and maintenance work under their CSR funds for five years,” the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said in a statement. Also Read - 'Dom Raja' of Kashi, Jagdish Chaudhary, Dies at 55; PM Modi, CM Yogi Express Grief

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and AAI have collaborated under “Adopt a Green Highway Programme” as a corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative of AAI.

It is an initiative by Green Highways Division of NHAI to engage corporates, public sector units, governmental organisations and institutions under CSR and public private partnership for developing green corridor along National Highways.

This collaboration will encourage other PSUs and corporates to utilise their CSR funds for greening of highways and creation of ecological assets, it said.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.