Odisha government is planning to set up wayside amenity centres along national and state highways for travellers to take rest.
The proposed centres, which would be called Biju Pathasraya (inns), will have a range of facilities that includes food courts, parking lots, restrooms and much more.
The works department officials have decided to spend about Rs 5 crore for the construction of each centre. The proposal is to set up 100 centres. However, in the first phase, the officials have decided to set up nearly 30 such amenity centres across the state, two of which will come up along the NH 5 that passes through Bhubaneswar.
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The proposed centres will have parking space for at least 25 cars and three buses, a watchman shed, cafeteria, essential shops, snacks counters, separate washrooms for men, women and physically challenged persons and also landscaped outdoor.
Such wayside amenity centres already exist in Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra where the tourism department, in collaboration with other private partners, maintain these centres. The idea is to facilitate a nice travel experience to the travellers.