In all likelihood, the next time you travel to remote parts of Arunachal Pradesh, Ladakh or Uttarakhand, you can eat at some exclusive Border Roads Organization (BRO) cafes.
The Department of Defense recently approved the placement of wayside facilities at 75 locations in 12 states/union territories, which will be called
BRO cafes. These cafes will be installed on different sections of roads managed by the Border Roads Organization (BRO).
If reports are to pass, these BRO cafes will provide amenities such as restaurants or eating places, parking for two and four wheelers, separate toilets for women, men and the disabled, first aid facilities, And much more.
Apparently, in Himachal Pradesh, the BRO proposed to establish seven cafes at Sissu in Lahaul, Manali; and Kharo, Sumdo to Kinnaur on the Powari-Kaurik highway bordering Indochina.
In Uttarakhand, BRO will operate 11 cafes in Darkot, Bhaironghati, Gwaldam, Birahi, Manera Bypass, Pandukeshwar, Kamand, Nagni, Majri Grant to provide visitors with a new experience. In Jammu and Kashmir, travelers will be able to enjoy BRO roadside amenities at no less than 12 locations.
Reports also state that BRO will establish around 14 cafes at different locations in Ladakh including Kargil, Matiyan, Khaltse, Mulbek, Leh, Rumtse, Hunder, Choglamsar, Debring, Sarchu, Pang, Agham, Hanle and Nyoma.
Additionally, those wishing to explore the northeast will find smart BRO cafes in places like Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Sikkim, Nagaland, and Manipur.
BRO has also offered its coffees in the plains in the border state of Punjab while Rajasthan and West Bengal will also offer such coffees.
According to the MoD, BRO will run these cafes in partnership with locals on a public-private partnership model, and the terms of the deal will be 15 years, likely to be extended for up to five years. .
According to ministry officials, these cafes will provide basic amenities and comforts to tourists. It will also generate jobs for local people and boost economic activities in border areas, they added.