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Emergency Landing On Highways

New Delhi: Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has said that Emergency Landing Facilities will be developed in between Balasore and Kharagpur on National Highway and similar facility will be developed in Kharagpur-Keonjhar on National Highway.

National Highway 60, which runs between Balasore and Kharagpur will have the provision to strengthen security facility. And on National Highway 49 in between Khatragpur- Keonjhar, the Emergency Landing Facility will be developed.

This includes 17 other places to strengthen country’s security, said Union Minister while inaugurating the Emergency Landing Facility on National Highway 925A in Rajasthan.

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh graced the occasion, where Mr.Gadkari said this highway run-way will further strengthen the country’s security in protecting the borders which are strategically important.

Mr.Gadkari said at 19 places in the country on, Kharagpur – Balasore road and Kharagpur – Keonjhar Road, Phalodi – Jaisalmer road and Barmer – Jaisalmer road in Rajasthan and near Panagarh/KKD, Chennai in Tamil Nadu, on Puducherry road, in Andhra Pradesh on Nellore – Ongole road and Ongole – Chilakaluripet road, in Haryana on Mandi Dabwali to Odhan road, near Sangrur in Punjab, on Bhuj-Naliya road in Gujarat and on Surat-Baroda road, in Jammu and Kashmir  in the Banihal-Srinagar road , Leh/Nyoma area in Assam and on the Jorhat-Baraghat road, near Sivasagar, Bagdogra-Hashimara road, Hashimara-Tezpur route and Hashimara-Guwahati road in Assam, where Emergency Landing facilities will be developed.

The Minister said under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the construction of World Class National Highway is being done at record speed.

He said now our National Highways will also be of use to the army, which will make our country more secure and always ready for emergency situations.

At present, countries such as Germany, Sweden, South Korea, Taiwan, Finland, Switzerland, Poland have dedicated stretches on their highways and expressways for aircraft to land and take off.

Over the past few years, India has also been trying to optimize multiple motorable roads and Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is working on a proposal with Ministry of Defence to construction  stretches and several such spots have been identified across the country.

These facilities are developed under ‘Sagarmala Projects’, pointed out a senior officer.