The Indian Air Force (IAF) recently identified 21 highway stretches across the country which they are planning to use for aircraft operation during “operational contingencies” and natural disasters.
Mirage 2000 takes off at Yamuna Expressway. Twitter
Other states where these Highway stretches have been identified are Jammu & Kashmir, Assam, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
Mirage 2000 landing on Yamuna Expressway. Twitter
More stretches are now being made after highways minister Nitin Gadkari and defense minister Manohar Parikkar last month suggested that a committee with officials from both the ministries and IAF should coordinate to see which stretches can be developed for this purpose.
IAF in November last year had reportedly asked National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to share the details of its plans to upgrade the existing highways or build new ones. With this, they could add necessary features that can make certain portions of these highways, be used for both landings and take-offs purpose.