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Landing facility created for Air force aircrafts in National highways in Indo Pakistan border

Defense aircrafts can now land in National high ways in case of emergency and the first such facility has been developed south of Barmer in Rajasthan along the Indo Pakistan border for the first time by the National Highways Authority of India.

For the first time, NH to be used by Defense aircraft to land for any emergency in Emergency Landing Field

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister for Highways Nitin Gadkari will Inaugurate Emergency Landing Field (ELF) and also witness aircraft operations on Emergency Landing Field (ELF)  at Gandhav Bhakasar Section (NH-925) South of Barmer (Rajasthan).This is the first time that National Highway will be used for emergency landing of aircrafts of  Indian Air Force.

NHAI had developed a 3 Km section of Satta-Gandhav stretch of NH-925A as an Emergency Landing Facility (ELF) for Indian Air Force, which is part of newly developed Two lane paved shoulder of Gagariya-Bakhasar & Satta-Gandhav Section having total length of 196.97 Km at a cost of Rs. 765.52 Crores under Bharatmala Pariyojana.This project will improve connectivity between villages of Barmer & Jalore districts located on international border. The stretch being located in the western border area will facilitate the vigilance of the Indian Army as well as strengthen the basic infrastructure of the country.

Besides ELF, 3 helipads also constructed

Apart from this Emergency Landing Strip, 3 helipads (size 100 x 30 metres each) have been constructed in Kundanpura, Singhania & Bakhasar villages in this project according to the requirements of the Air Force/Indian Army, which will be the basis for strengthening the Indian Army and security network on the western international border of the country.

All types of Indian Airforce aircrafts can land in the facility

The Emergency Landing Facility was constructed in a time span of 19 months. The work for this ELF was commenced in July 2019 and was completed in January 2021. The work was carried out by M/S GHV India Pvt. Ltd under the supervision of IAF and NHAI. During normal time the ELF will be used for smooth flow of road traffic. But during the operations of ELF for Indian Air Force order, the service road will be used for smooth flow of road traffic. It has been constructed in 3.5 Km length.This Landing Strip will be able to facilitate landing of all types of Aircrafts of Indian Airforce.

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