Nitin Gadkari reveals government’s plan to provide roadside amenities like parking, ATMs on national highways

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Published: August 4, 2017 10:21:41 AM

Aping the west, the centre is planning to set up the similar wayside amenities, so as to provide safe and affordable pit-stops for highway passengers and truckers.

Amenities such as refreshments, restrooms, parking, lodging and ATMs will soon be available every 50 km along national highways. (IE)

Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari revealed government’s plans to provide wayside amenities along the national highways across the country on every 50 km on Thursday, reported PTI. Amenities such as refreshments, restrooms, parking, lodging and ATMs will soon be available every 50 km along national highways. Aping the west, the centre is planning to set up the similar wayside amenities, so as to provide safe and affordable pit-stops for highway passengers and truckers. “Recognising lack of wayside amenities along the highways as we see in Germany, Europe and the US, we have decided to provide wayside amenities at every 50 km of length of National Highways, which will be developed through private participation,” Gadkari said

Gadkari said that the ministry has planned to develop these entities with the aim of not only assessing the need of different highway commuters but also to offer area specific handicrafts by local artisans besides local food and fruits. The government also aims to provide free road access permission to facilities, besides facilitating setting up of oil and gas outlets.

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As per the report, for this around 1,000 ‘Highway Villages’ and smaller ‘Highway Nests’ have been envisaged across the country, with Centre-approved standards of services to be set up by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) as well as private players. The minister said at least 1,000 wayside entities are planned and land for 200 such spots is available with the NHAI. Meanwhile, NHAI is in the process of developing entities at 183 locations out of which bids have been invited for 34 sites, while bids for another 30 sites will be invited by the end of August.

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