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
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.
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
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
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.