The Centre has identified 12 national highways, including Mohanbari-Tinsukia highway, to be developed into airstrips for landing of fighter aircrafts and military planes in emergency situations.

On September 9, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Minister for Road, Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari and Chief of Defense Bipin Rawat sat in a Hercules C-130 J plane in a mock emergency landing on the national highway in Rajasthan’s Barmer.

Besides the Mohanbari-Tinsukia highway, other stretches that have been identified in the northeast for emergency landing are the Jorhat-Baraghat road, Bagdogra-Hashimara road, Hashimara-Tezpur route and Hashimara-Guwahati road in Assam.

During the first mock drill, the two ministers also witnessed multiple aircraft operations on the emergency landing facility (ELF) of NH-925 in Barmer. Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet conducted a mock emergency landing at the ELF in front of the two ministers.

The minister said under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the construction of a world-class National Highway is being done at record speed. Now our national highways will also be of use for the Army and it will make our country more secure and always ready for emergency situations, the minister added.

The other places in the country to be developed for emergency landing of aircraft are Phalodi–Jaisalmer road and Barmer–Jaisalmer road in Rajasthan, Kharagpur–Balasore road in West Bengal, Kharagpur–Keonjhar road, and near Panagarh/KKD, Chennai, in Tamil Nadu on Puducherry road, in Andhra Pradesh on Nellore–Ongole road and Ongole–Chilakaluripet road, Mandi Dabwali to Odhan road in Haryana, near Sangrur in Punjab, on Bhuj-Naliya road and on Surat-Baroda road in Gujarat, in Jammu and Kashmir in the Banihal-Srinagar road and Leh/Nyoma area, in Assam on the Jorhat-Baraghat road, near Sivasagar, Bagdogra-Hashimara road, Hashimara-Tezpur route and Hashimara-Guwahati road.

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