In drill, IAF plane with two ministers will land on the road | India News

In drill, IAF plane with two ministers will land on the road |  India News
NEW DELHI: Initially, two Union ministers, Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari, will board an Indian Air Force plane this week, which will use the national highway at Barmer in Rajasthan for a simulated emergency landing. The ministers will formally inaugurate the 3.5 km long runway, which is the first of any National Highway (NH) in the country.
The sources said that two of those runways on national roads were completed in Andhra Pradesh and two more are under development, one in West Bengal and one in J&K. Tenders have been submitted for another four trips of this type on national highways.
Originally, 28 stretches of national highways were identified to be developed as runways for the emergency landing of fighter jets.
The sources said that experts are visiting different places to assess the situation on the ground. These were identified near the international border in states that include J&K, Punjab, Gujarat, and West Bengal.
In 2016, the Ministry of Road and Highway Transport had announced the creation of a joint inter-ministerial committee with the Ministry of Defense and the IAF to study the feasibility of establishing these strips. Currently, one of those strips is operational on the Lucknow-Agra Highway in Uttar Pradesh.
Several countries, including Germany, Sweden, South Korea, Taiwan, Finland, Switzerland and Singapore have dedicated sections of their roads and highways for planes to land and take off in an emergency.

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