The Border Roadways Organization (BRO) has received approval from the Department of Defense (MOD) to install roadside equipment at 75 locations in 12 states and union territories.
Slated to be dubbed “BRO Cafes,” the plan is to make basic amenities available to tourists on different sections of the roads, which in turn will boost economic activities in border areas while generating jobs for locals.
A ministry statement read: “Amenities such as parking for two and four wheelers, a food court or restaurants, separate toilets for men, women and people with reduced mobility, first aid facilities such as MI rooms, etc. are offered to be provided in these lanes. Amenities.”
“The BRO has its reach in the most remote border areas and in addition to meeting strategic needs, it has been instrumental in the socio-economic uplift of the northern and eastern borders. This has led to an increase in the influx tourists in these picturesque places, hitherto inaccessible”, added the Ministry of Defense.
“In order to ensure conducive and comfortable transit of tourists on these roads located in difficult climatic and geographical conditions, the need to establish multi-service road facilities as well as major tourist routes in these regions has been recognized. the inaccessibility and remoteness of these roads prevent large-scale commercial deployments, the BRO, by virtue of its presence, has taken it upon itself to open such facilities in remote locations,” the ministry statement said. .
Ministry approval for the establishment of BRO cafes has been given in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Nagaland, Punjab, from Rajasthan, Sikkim, Uttarakhand and West Bengal.
Locations of all 75 BRO cafes
In Arunachal Pradesh, cafes will be set up at Daporijo, Bame, Koloriang, Pasighat, Menchuka, Moying, Thumbin, Yinkiong, Tippi, Durga Mandir, Km 79, Tenga, Rama Camp, SelaTop, Tawang, Jengthu, Hayuliang, Wakro, Changwinti.
Assam will have cafes in two locations, namely Tezpur city and BP Tinali. In Himachal Pradesh it will be at Km 8.5, Km 0.5, Km 11.8, Sissu, Manali, Kharo, Sumdo.
Jammu and Kashmir will see cafes at TeePee, Tragbal, Hussaingaon, Km 95, Km 117.90, Km 58, Galhar, Siot, Bathuni, Budhal, Kapotha, Surankot.
In Ladakh it will be in Matiyan, Kargil, Mulbek, Khaltse, Leh, Hunder, Choglamsar, Rumtse, Debring, Pang, Sarchu, Agham, Nyoma, Hanle.
In Nagaland it will be in Jakhama and Punjab will have cafes in Fazilka. In Rajasthan, the cafes will be set up in Tanot Dett, Sahuwali Vill, Birdhwal and Arjansar.
In Sikkim, the cafe will be in Kupup Dett while West Bengal will see a cafe in Melli. And finally, Uttarakhand cafes will be at Darkot, Km61, Km57.44, Bhaironghati, Birahi, Gwaldham, Pandukeshwar, Manera Bypass, Nagni and Kamand.
(With ANI entries)