To enhance commuters’ convenience on National Highways for both the passengers and truckers, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has decided to develop world-class ‘Wayside Amenities’ in the next five years at more than 600 locations across 22 states along the National Highways. Of the total 600, 130 locations have been identified for the development of these amenities in the year 2021-22. Also, the bids for the same have been already invited. According to the plan, wayside amenities will be developed every 30-50 km along the current and upcoming Highways and Expressways.
The wayside amenities will offer various facilities for passengers such as Fuel Station, Electric Charging Facilities, Food Court, Retail Shops, ATM, Toilets with shower facility, Children Play Area, Clinic, Village Haat for local handicrafts, and more. Further, considering the specific requirements of truckers, separate ‘Truckers Blocks’ will be developed at large amenities that will include Truck and Trailer Parking, Auto Workshop, Truckers Dormitory, Cooking and Washing area, Toilets with shower, Clinic, Eateries, Retail shops, and more.
As per the plan, the facilities such as electric vehicle charging stations will help in promoting the use of electric vehicles, thus, contributing to reducing pollution. The amenities will also promote the local economy by generating employment opportunities and help local people to market their unique produce/handicrafts, etc. at village haats at the amenities.
NHAI will develop these wayside amenities across the country with a combined area of over 3,000 hectares. These will offer huge opportunities for investors, developers, operators and retailers. Currently, NHAI is offering Wayside Amenities on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model for development and operation on existing highways.
All upcoming greenfield/brownfield National Highway projects will be provisioned to have wayside amenities and logistic parks. NHAI has started identifying land and preparing a monetization plan for development. Also, real estate consultants have been engaged in designing amenities after studying local suitability. These wayside amenities will not only go a long way in making highway travel more convenient for commuters but also will provide adequate facilities for rest and refreshment to Highway users.
(With inputs from PIB)