ROAD-SIDE REST AREAS TO BE BUILT ON NATIONAL HIGHWAYS
Over 30 sites, including two in Mumbai, have been identified for the construction of ‘Rajmarg villages’ or rest areas on national highways across the country. Proposed by the Road Transport and Highways Ministry, each rest spot will be 50 kms apart and will be equipped with motels, bazaars, restaurants, fuel stations, playgrounds and in some places, a helipad.
The highway is to cater to car and bus passengers as well as truckers.
A ministry official said that 425 sites are being earmarked, of which 167 are being considered for the development of such wayside villages. Land for 78 sites is already under possession of the NHAI while for 19 sites, additional land is required.
“The idea is not only to provide various facilities in close proximity but to also generate local employment,” an official said.
“These 33 sites are being evaluated to check their financial viability as bids will be invited for each site. The bidding process is expected to commence within this month,” the official said. IANS