SOURCE: Tribune News Service

Improving facilities for tourists travelling to remote areas in the Himalayas, including Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved setting up of wayside amenities at 75 locations in 12 states and union territories on different sections of roads that are with the Border Roads Organisation (BRO).

The scheme provides wayside amenities in public-private partnership mode, on licence basis, to design, build and operate the facility as per the BRO guidelines, the MoD said. These wayside amenities will be branded as “BRO cafes”.

Amenities like parking for two and four wheelers, food plaza/ restaurant, separate restrooms for men, women and differently abled, first-aid facilities and medical rooms etc are proposed to be provided.

The cafes are intended to provide basic amenities and comfort to the tourists and boost economic activities in border areas, besides generating employment for the locals.

Among the 75 locations, eastern Ladakh will get the maximum number of cafes . There will seven cafes in HP at Sissu, Manali, Kharo and Sumdo, besides three along the highway where there is no population.