‘World-class’ highway amenities: How NHAI aims attract global expertise in creating wayside amenities on national highways

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‘World-class’ highway amenities: With an purpose to carry global expertise to creating wayside amenities on national highways, a brand new step is being thought of. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has determined to vary the method of creating wayside amenities alongside new highways and expressways. The duty of constructing these amenities will now not fall on street contractors and concessionaires. NHAI will now invite separate bids from corporations in creating these amenities.
According to an ET report, the target behind this resolution is to attract global expertise in creating wayside amenities (WSAs) in India. NHAI aims to encourage modern designs and merchandise to reinforce the return on funding and enhance the expertise of highway customers.
The ministry of street transport and highways has set a goal of building about 1,000 WSAs over the subsequent 5 years, with one facility each 50 km alongside national highways.

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Among these, 800 might be developed beneath the public-private-partnership (PPP) mode. NHAI will present land and essential permissions, in addition to supervision, whereas the non-public participant might be liable for the event, operation, and upkeep of the ability for a interval of 15-30 years.
As of now, solely 198 WSAs have been awarded, and 162 are in the bidding stage. The authorities believes that these WSAs will current vital alternatives for traders, builders, operators, and retailers, with estimated returns starting from 15-30% on a mean capital funding of Rs 1-10 crore.
The amenities to be developed at every WSA embody gasoline stations, electrical car (EV) charging stations, meals courts, eating places, dhabas, comfort shops, first support or medical rooms together with childcare rooms, devoted areas for selling native artisans, drone touchdown amenities, and even helipads at bigger websites.
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Previously, highway contractors or concessionaires have been tasked with creating, operating, and sustaining WSAs in addition to their main street building duties.
NHAI has issued tips on June 11 outlining the methodology for withdrawing the development work of wayside amenities from the scope of street contractors beneath varied civil work modes similar to engineering, procurement and building (EPC), hybrid annuity mode (HAM), and build-operate-transfer (BOT) mode.
“Segregating the works of road construction and wayside amenities will help in getting a great focus for the latter. This can also lead to greater customisation and could garner interest from specialised players such as oil marketing companies and hospitality sector players,” mentioned Jagannarayan Padmanabhan, senior director and global head, consulting at Crisil Market Intelligence and Analytics.


Nilesh Desai
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