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.
These 21 stretches would be used during IAF’s rescue operations, and some of these selected stretches are even close to India-Pakistan border in Rajasthan and Gujarat.
Other states where these Highway stretches have been identified are Jammu & Kashmir, Assam, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
IAF identified these stretches after a ‘detailed study’ which kept in mind the minimum requirement that a fighter or emergency plane requires for landing and take off.
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.