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Defence ministry approves setting up of ‘BRO Cafes’ at 75 border locations across 12 states/UTs | India News

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NEW DELHI: Ministry of Defence has approved setting up of wayside amenities under the brand of ‘BRO Cafes‘ at 75 locations on different sections of roads with Border Roads Organisation across 12 states and Union territories.
These are intended to provide basic amenities and comfort to tourists and lead to boosting of economic activities in border areas, besides generating employment for the local people, the ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
These wayside amenities will be branded as ‘BRO Cafes’, it said.
“Ministry of Defence has approved setting up of wayside amenities at 75 locations in 12 states/Union territories on different sections of roads with Border Roads Organisation (BRO),” the statement said.
The BRO has its reach in the remotest border areas and besides addressing strategic needs, it has been instrumental in socio-economic upliftment of the northern and eastern borders. This has resulted in increased tourist influx in these scenic locations, hitherto inaccessible, it said.
“In order to provide conducive and comfortable transit of tourists on these roads located at harsh climatic and geographical conditions, the need to establish multi-utility wayside amenities along the major tourist circuits in these regions was recognised. Since the inaccessibility and remoteness of these roads preclude widespread commercial deployments, the BRO, by virtue of its presence, took it upon itself to open such facilities at remote places,” the ministry said.
The scheme provides for development and operation of wayside amenities in public-private partnership mode with agencies, on a licence basis, which will design, build and operate the facility as per guidelines of BRO.
“Amenities like parking for two and four wheelers, food plaza, restaurant, separate rest rooms for men, women and differently-abled, first-aid facilities, MI rooms, etc. are proposed to be provided. Selection of licensees will be done through a competitive process,” it said, adding the terms of the agreement will be for 15 years which may be further extended for a period up to five years.

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