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April 13, 2010

MoT plans 10,000 highway facilities by 2015


13 April 2010

HBI Staff, Mumbai:

According to a IANS report, Ministry of Tourism (MoT) plans to start 10,000 wayside facilities along India’s highway network within the next five years to provide basic amenities such as clean food and restrooms to travellers. Sujit Banerjee, Secretary, MoT talking on the sidelines of a workshop on ‘Great Indian Travel Bazaar’ said recently in Jaipur that the facilities, offering rest rooms, toilets and food outlets, will come up every 40 km on state highways and every 30 km on hill roads.

In this regard, MoT is coordinating with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, which has been in talks with Indian Tourism Development Corp (ITDC) for setting up such facilities and restaurants on national highways. Banerjee said, “Whether ITDC sets it up or oil companies set up such facilities at their gas stations, we just aim at 10,000 wayside facilities within the next five years.”

MoT is promoting the public-private-partnership in setting up such facilities, Banerjee said, adding that it will also provide funds for upgrading the facilities already existing. Kumari Selja, Union Minister for Tourism said, “It is absolutely imperative that we maintain the quality of facilities and services offered bringing them at par with the best in the world."