The fighter plane has landed on the National Highway very close to the Pakistan border in Barmer, Rajasthan. A part of 4 km of this national highway has been made in such a way that fighter jets can be landed on it. Today the fighter jet has touched down on this airstrip built close to the Pakistan border. This airstrip has been prepared by NHIA in collaboration with the Indian Air Force.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari will inaugurate this airstrip tomorrow. Both the ministers will board the Air Force plane and land on this airstrip.
This airstrip has great strategic importance as it is very close to the Pakistan border and can be used as a forward base.
According to an official statement, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has constructed ‘ELF’ on a three-km stretch of the Satta-Gandharv section of NH-925A for emergency landing for the Indian Air Force.
The facility is part of the newly developed ‘two-lane paved shoulder’ of Gagariya-Bakhasar and Satta-Gandharv sections under the Bharatmala project with a total length of 196.97 km and costing Rs 765.52 crore. The ‘paved shoulder’ is called the part which is near that part of the highway through which vehicles regularly pass.
The project will improve connectivity between villages in Barmer and Jalore districts along the International Border, the statement said.
Its location in the western border area will help the Indian Army in monitoring as well as strengthening infrastructure. This will be the first time that the National Highway will be used by the Indian Air Force (IAF) for an emergency landing.
“Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari will inaugurate the ‘Emergency Landing Field’ and the ELF built on National Highway-925 of Gandharva Bhaskar section in South of Barmer district of Rajasthan on 9th September 2021,” the statement said.
But we will also see the operation of the aircraft. ” The construction of the ELF has been completed within 19 months. Its construction work was started in July 2019 and was completed in January 2021. It was built by ‘GHV India Pvt Ltd’ under the supervision of IAF and NHAI.
This is India’s first national highway which will be used for emergency landing of Indian Air Force aircraft. In October 2017, IAF fighter jets and transport aircraft conducted a landing exercise on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway to demonstrate that such highways can be used for emergency landing of IAF aircraft. The Lucknow-Agra Expressway comes under the Government of Uttar Pradesh.
According to sources, officials of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) worked in coordination with Air Force officials to develop an airstrip on the national highway in Barmer.
He said that apart from this highway in Barmer, at least 12 national highways are being developed across the country so that they can be used as airstrips by Air Force aircraft in case of emergency. Sources said the stretches of 12 national highways that will be used as airstrips are being identified and prepared.