As a part of measures to ensure the environment free from pollution and to provide green coverage, Forest Minister K.T.Pachaimal has launched a new scheme — planting of saplings on both sides of road throughout Kanyakumari district on Sunday.

The scheme, to be implemented by the Departments of Highways and Forest, was launched at Aralvoimozhi-Chenbagaramanputhur highway for balancing the global warming and to provide green cover in the district. Under the programme on both sides of national and State highways, one lakh saplings would be planted in the district.