75 BRO cafes to open in 12 states
The Border Roads Organization (BRO) is responsible for the construction of roads in the border and strategic areas of the country. But, now it has made arrangements to make its scope of responsibility more popular and attractive to domestic tourists. Under this, BRO is going to make arrangements for special facilities in those remote areas, especially in the north and eastern parts of the country, where till now domestic tourists felt very much lack of them. For this, BRO will set up BRO Cafes at 75 places for the convenience of common travelers in 12 states. The BRO is an organization under the Ministry of Defense, which is headed by an officer of the rank of Lieutenant General. Their main responsibility is to build and maintain roads according to the defense requirements in the border areas. BRO also builds bridges, tunnels, airfields and helipads along with roads.
Arrangements to provide comfortable facilities to the tourists
The arrangement of BRO Cafe is being done with the aim that the tourists should get the basic facilities as per the requirement even in the remote border areas during the journey and make their journey comfortable. This will also accelerate economic activities in the border areas of the country, as well as create new employment opportunities for the local citizens. As far as North India is concerned, at present 45 such BROs will be set up. Of these, 14 will be in Ladakh, 12 in Jammu and Kashmir, 11 in Uttarakhand, 7 in Himachal Pradesh and 1 in Punjab. As far as Northeast India is concerned, Arunachal Pradesh will have 19 such cafes and this is the highest.
BRO cafes will be built in these states too
Rest of the states where such BRO cafes are to be set up are Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, West Bengal, Sikkim and Rajasthan in western India. A statement issued by the Defense Ministry on Wednesday said that the BRO has ensured access to far-flung borders and, besides meeting strategic needs, it has also helped in increasing socio-economic activities along the northern and eastern borders. have contributed. Due to this, the number of tourists has also increased in these places of interest and inaccessible areas.
Construction and operation as per BRO guidelines
Due to the difficult climate and difficult geographical conditions, the need was felt to provide comfortable facilities to the tourists in these areas. In view of this, this initiative is being adopted by BRO. The plan is to develop roadside public facilities in a public-private partnership, under which they will be designed, constructed and operated as per the guidelines framed by the BRO.
These facilities will be available on the roadside in difficult areas
In BRO cafe, parking for vehicles, food plaza or restaurant, separate restrooms for men, women and differently-abled will be provided to the passengers. Along with this, first aid facility and medical facilities are also proposed to be made available here. The licenses for this cafe will be issued to the eligible agencies under a competitive process. The term of this agreement will be 15 years, which can be extended for a further period of 5 years.
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A project is already started in Rohtang Pass
Recently, BRO had started a new initiative for the students and tourists, under which there is a provision to visit some of the major projects prepared by it. The first such place is the Atal Tunnel located in the Rohtang Pass of Himachal Pradesh. It is worth noting that the BRO also assists in construction works in friendly countries, such as Bhutan, Myanmar, Tajikistan and Afghanistan, according to road and defense needs.