India plans to place helipads and drone landing areas in motorway rest areas

Several Indian media outlets have reported that India’s Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has announced that the government is planning to set up helipads and drone landing facilities on some of the 600 Wayside Amenity locations it is planning for its national highways.

“Apart from basic facilities like good toilets, parking and restaurants; these wayside amenities will also have dormitories for truck drivers, electric vehicles charging, trauma centres, and among others, he said,” reported the LiveMint news source.

“Moreover, there will also be retail outlets for promoting handicrafts and locally-manufactured products, the minister said, adding some of the WSAs will also have helipads and drone landing facilities to deal with medical emergencies like road accidents and organ transplantation.”

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(Image: Aerial view of National Highway number 44 connecting Bengaluru and Hyderabad, at Devasthanadahosahalli, Karnataka, India. Shutterstock)

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