Herbal Ayurvedic Plants to Improve Air Quality in Uttar Pradesh
The national and state highways in Uttar Pradesh will soon have clean and bacteria-free air as the Yogi Adityanath government is planning to plant herbal Ayurvedic plants along the highways in the state to improve air quality and also promote Ayurveda.
According to Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Maurya who also heads the PWD Department, Uttar Pradesh is on its way to becoming the first state to implement the plan which is an extension of the Ayushman Bharat Yojna.
A pilot initiative has already been implemented on busy stretches of the Delhi-Yamunotri state highway 57 in Saharanpur, Ashapur-Sarnath in Varanasi, Panchkosi-Parikrama in Ayodhya, Gorakhpur-Deoria, Aligarh-Mathura highway via Keshavdham and the Banda-Bahraich highway in Chitrakoot.
A senior official in the PWD Department said that plants like turmeric (haldi which is used in cooking and is known for its anti-bacterial properties), brahmi, ashvagandha, anantmula, janofa, mashparni, saptparni, tulsi and jal meem are among the 34 herb varieties that have been identified for plantation along the highways.
Mashparni's benefits include boosting body energy, strengthening muscles and increasing sperm count. Neem is known as an air purifier and disinfectant.
Health experts said that one of the prime reasons for unfit India is shrinking open air and shrinking Ayurveda plantations.
Doctor D.K. Srivastava, an Ayurveda and Yoga expert, said: "There is a need for herbal-rich gardens to naturally improve the health quality. Asthma, cancer and skin diseases are growing despite hospitals and availability of doctors.
"The cure is possible with help of these herbs. For centuries, Indians have used these Ayurveda herbs, either as condiments in cooking or to cure diseases."
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