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Borders to have cafes and other services for tourists

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Guwahati: Tourists travelling to border areas will now have access to cafés and other services. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has sanctioned the installation of roadside facilities at 75 places in 12 states and union territories along various portions of highways in collaboration with the Border Roads Organisation (BRO).

According to a statement published by the Ministry of Defence, these are meant to provide basic facilities and comfort to tourists while also stimulating economic activity in border regions and creating jobs for locals.

“These roadside conveniences will be branded as ‘BRO Cafes,'” the company stated.

Cafes will now open in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, and Sikkim in the Northeast.

“Besides meeting strategic demands, the BRO has been vital in socio-economic upliftment of the Northern and Eastern frontiers, resulting in increasing visitor influx in these picturesque locales that were formerly inaccessible,” it stated.

It said that the necessity to develop multi-utility wayside facilities along the key tourist circuits in these locations was recognised in order to ensure favourable and pleasant transit of visitors on these routes located in tough climatic and geographical circumstances.

The programme calls for the establishment and operation of roadside facilities through public-private partnerships with entities that will design, build, and administer the facility in accordance with BRO requirements. Parking for two and four-wheelers, a food plaza/restaurant, separate restrooms for men, women, and differently-abled people, first aid facilities/MI Rooms, and other amenities are suggested. A competitive approach will be used to choose licensees.

The agreement’s terms will be for 15 years, with the option to extend for another five years.

S NoStateRoads
1Arunachal PradeshDaporijoBameKoloriangPasighatMenchuka
MoyingThumbinYinkiongTippiDurga Mandir
Km 79TengaRama CampSelaTopTawang
2AssamTezpurTownBP Tinali   
3Himachal PradeshKm 8.5Km .5Km 11.8SissuManali
4Jammu & KashmirTeePeeTragbalHussaingaonKm 95Km 117.90
Km 58GalharSiotBathuniBudhal
6ManipurKm 0    
9 Rajasthan Tanot DettKm 44.40Sadhuwali Vill. BirdhwalArjansar
10SikkimKupup Dett    
11UttarakhandDarkotKm 61Km 57.44BhaironghatiBirahi
GwaldhamPandukeshwarManera bypassNagniKamand
Majri grant    
12West BengalMelli    

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