Published: updated on – 11:32 p.m., Sat – 8 October 22
Channel: The ongoing conversion of Mancherial-Wankidi State Highway 1 to National Highway 363 may have spelled the end of small business. But it paved the way for new business opportunities. The forthcoming national highway has led to the proliferation of Dhabas and banquet halls along the highway, providing plenty of options for motorists and foodies alike.
The 94 kilometers – State Highway 1 from Mancherial to Wankidi of Kumram Bheem Asifabad district is being converted into a four-lane national highway under the National Highway Development Project (NHDP) – under Bharatmala Pariyojana – Phase IV on a mode hybrid annuity at an estimated cost of Rs.2,497 crore. Work on Lot I of the project started in September 2020, while Lot II started on March 1 this year.
Due to the conversion, small restaurants, kirana shops, petrol stations, other commercial establishments located in Mandamarri, Somagudem, Thandur, Rebbena and many other villages have been affected by the construction of road bridges in these Mandal towns and centers. The land on which the restaurants and commercial establishments were located was acquired to widen the road.
However, the modernization of the section gives rise to the creation of dhabas, restaurants and reception halls. In a new trend, at least four dhabas, two restaurants and four banquet halls have been set up in different parts of the road to exploit the business opportunity and attract motorists and foodies. They are able to make good sales given the heavy traffic on the new road network.
“In view of the vast business opportunities caused by the conversion of the highway, we set up a restaurant by renting land on the outskirts of Mandamarri town on August 30. The restaurant is getting an encouraging response from motorists and foodies not only from this coal belt. town, but also nearby villages,” Ponnam Alivelu Manga and Rodda Latha, general managers of Maha Restaurant, told Telangana Today.
Meanwhile, gourmands from the Mancherial district flock to these open-air dhabas and family restaurants to savor authentic dishes. The dhabas and restaurants located on the national road offer a new experience. “They are equipped with a serene ambience, spacious lobbies, greenery, birthday venues and children’s playgrounds, attracting customers from urban areas,” Manga and Latha explained.
“You can spend time with family members away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The equipment of these restaurants is modern. The atmosphere is pleasant. Eating in a restaurant is a new experience compared to that of a hotel in town. We can take a long drive and visit a family dhaba. It is one of the best pastimes for foodies,” said P Snehadhar, an architect from the town of Mancherial.