Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari will be inaugurating an emergency landing strip at the Gandhav Bhakasar section, on National Highway-925, in Barmer, Rajasthan, on Thursday for Indian Air Force planes (IAF).
An IAF plane with the two ministers in it, will be conducting a mock emergency landing on this national highway. Singh, (the Union defence minister), will also visit Jaisalmer. Here, he will interact with the IAF personnel.This is the first time that a national highway, the NH-925, is going to be used for emergency an landing of an IAF aircraft.
The National Highways Authority of India or NHAI has developed a 3-km section of Satta-Gandhav stretch of NH-925A, as an Emergency Landing Facility (ELF) for the IAF. This is a part of a newly developed 2-lane paved shoulder of Gagariya-Bakhasar and Satta-Gandhav section. It has a total length of 196.97 km. The cost of the project will be ₹765.52 crore, under the Bharatmala Pariyojana.
In October of 2017, fighter jets and transport planes of the IAF, conducted mock landings on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway to prove that such highways can also be used by the IAF planes for landing in cases of emergency.