converted into National Highways during the UPA regime would reach about 17,000 km.
About 10,000 km of state highways were declared national highways during the last 10 years.
These roads, sources said, are spread across states including Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
Plan to create new forest cover okayed
Facing criticism of ignoring environmental concerns in rush to clear projects, the government has cleared a plan to create new forest cover and improve the quality of existing forests for an expenditure of R13,000 crore in the 12th Plan.
Besides the two components, which are to be implemented through various measures including decentralisation of forest governance, the proposed National Mission for a Green India (GIM) as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme will also strive to achieve increased forest-based livelihood income of households living in and around the forests.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by PM Manmohan Singh approved the proposal of the ministry of environment and forests.