Union Highway Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday mentioned that the emergency touchdown strips for the Indian Air Pressure’ planes shall be developed inside 15 days as a substitute of 1.5 years. 

At this time, Gadkari and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a 3-km-long emergency touchdown strip on Nationwide Freeway 925 in Rajasthan for the IAF plane. 

The Nationwide Highways Authority of India (NHAI) took about 19 months to assemble the emergency touchdown strip on Satta-Gandhav stretch on NH-925 in Barmer.

After the inauguration, Gadkari mentioned: “Yesterday, when the honourable IAF Chief got here to me, he informed me that it took 1.5 years to develop this touchdown strip (in Barmer).”

“Then I informed him that we’d develop good high quality touchdown strips for you inside 15 days as a substitute of 1.5 years,” he mentioned.

NH-925 is India’s first nationwide freeway for use for emergency touchdown by the IAF planes. 

Gadkari additional mentioned the armed forces ought to create a small airport right here. “As per my data, there isn’t any airport right here within the space of round 350 km. I’ve informed CDS Bipin Rawat sir which you can create a small airport right here,” the minister mentioned. 

“When you want land, we’ll give it to you. You need to conduct your defence actions there, and there would even be small set of civil operations. If personal airways begin one or two each day flights, native individuals will get benefited too,” he added.

Gadkari additionally mentioned that emergency touchdown amenities shall be developed at 19 different locations to strengthen nation’s safety. He mentioned this freeway run-way will additional strengthen the nation’s safety in defending the borders that are strategically vital.

Emergency touchdown amenities shall be developed on Phalodi – Jaisalmer street and Barmer – Jaisalmer street in Rajasthan, Kharagpur – Balasore street in West Bengal, Kharagpur – Keonjhar street and close to Panagarh/KKD, Chennai in Tamil Nadu, on Puducherry street, in Andhra Pradesh on Nellore – Ongole street and Ongole – Chilakaluripet street, in Haryana on Mandi Dabwali to Odhan street, close to Sangrur in Punjab, on Bhuj-Naliya street in Gujarat and on Surat-Baroda street, in Jammu and Kashmir within the Banihal-Srinagar street, Leh/Nyoma space in Assam and on the Jorhat-Baraghat street, close to Sivasagar, Bagdogra-Hashimara street, Hashimara-Tezpur route and Hashimara-Guwahati street in Assam, Emergency Touchdown amenities shall be developed.

The minister additionally mentioned beneath the management of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the development of world class Nationwide Freeway is being achieved at file velocity. He mentioned now our Nationwide Highways will even be of use to the military, which can make our nation safer and all the time prepared for emergency conditions.

(With inputs from PTI)

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