August 4: The government plans to develop wayside amenities on a stretch of around 50km at land acquired at 183 locations along the national highways, where commuters can park their vehicles and take a break. The amenities would include parking for cars, buses and trucks, restaurants and food courts, fuel stations and minor repair shops, rest rooms for passengers, dormitories for drivers, etc…
According to a government statement, the wayside facilities which have area more than 5 acres will develop under the brand name of Highway Village, while those with area smaller than 5 acres will be called Highway Nest.
On the occasion of the announcement of the initiative, Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari unveiled the logo for Highway Village and Highway Nest.
Gadkari added that out of the 183 sites available with NHAI (National Highways Authority of India), bids have already been invited for 34 sites. The due dates for receipt of bids for these sites are August 21, 2017, and September 27, 2017
He also mentioned that the idea behind Highway Village and Highway Nests is to provide quality amenities and employment to local youth and especially farmers and all these amenities will have local haat/stalls where farmers can sell their local produce.