Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari will inaugurate an emergency landing field on National Highway-925 in Gandhav Bhakasar section in Barmer, Rajasthan on Thursday. According to an official statement, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has developed a 3-km stretch of the Satta-Gandhav section of NH-925A as an Emergency Landing Facility (ELF) for the Indian Air Force.
The facility is part of the newly developed two-lane paved shoulder of Gagaria-Bakhsar and Satta-Gandhav sections under Bharatmala project with a total length of 196.97 kms and costing Rs 765.52 crores.
Meanwhile, a day before the inauguration of the emergency landing field, several fighter jets today landed on NH-925.
The project will improve connectivity between villages in Barmer and Jalore districts located on the International Border, the statement said, adding that the stretch is located in the western border region, facilitating Indian Army vigilance as well as infrastructure. will strengthen. Country.
The statement further said that this is the first time that the national highway will be used for emergency landing by the Indian Air Force.
“Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh and Road Transport & Highways Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari will inaugurate the Emergency Landing Field (ELF) and will also witness aircraft operations on ELF on NH-925 on Gandhav Bhakasar Section (NH-925) on 09/09/2021 South of Barmer (Rajasthan),” it said.
In this project 3 helipads (each of size 100 x 30 m) have been constructed as per the requirements of Air Force/Indian Army at Kundanpura, Singhania and Bakhasar villages besides emergency landing strip, which will be the base of reinforcement. Indian Army and security network along the country’s western international border.
According to the statement, ELF will be used for smooth flow of road traffic during normal hours and during operation of ELF for Indian Air Force, service road will be used for smooth flow of road traffic.
ELF was built in 19 months. The work of this ELF was started in July 2019 and was completed in January 2021.
The work was carried out by GHV India Pvt Ltd under the supervision of the Indian Air Force and NHAI.
The development of roadways as key infrastructure has led to the creation of high-quality highways and expressways that, with some modifications, can be used as runways and for various types of aircraft during emergencies, the statement said. Limited additional infrastructure can be created to operate.
(with inputs from PTI)