The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will develop world class ‘Wayside Amenities’ at more than 600 locations across 22 states along the National Highways in the next five years.
These wayside amenities will be developed every 30-50 km along the current and upcoming Highways and Expressways.
Out of these, 130 are targeted for development in 2021-22. NHAI has already invited bids to develop 120 such wayside amenities.
The amenities will include numerous facilities for passengers such as fuel station, food Court, retail shops, ATM, toilets with shower facility, children playing area, clinic, village haat for local handicrafts etc.
Keeping in view 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 etc.
The facilities such as Electric charging stations will help in promoting use of electric vehicles, thus, reducing pollution.
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.