Rajnath Singh on board, IAF plane makes emergency field landing in Rajasthan
Jalore : The C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) made an emergency field landing on the National Highway in Rajasthan’s Jalore. The drill was conducted with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria onboard the plane.
It was an historic moment as an IAF aircraft has been landed on a national highway for the first time.
Defence Minister and Union Road Transport and Highways Minister will inaugurate the Emergency Landing Facility on Satta-Gandhav stretch of National Highway (NH) 925A in Rajasthan’s Barmer on Thursday.
According to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) had developed a three kilometers section of the Satta-Gandhav stretch of NH-925A from Km. 41/430 to Km. 44/430 as an Emergency Landing Facility (ELF) for the Indian Air Force, which is part of the newly developed two-lane paved shoulder of Gagariya-Bakhasar and Satta-Gandhav Section having a total length of 196.97 kilometers and costing of Rs 765.52 crores under Bharatmala Pariyojana.
“This project will improve connectivity between villages of Barmer and Jalore districts located on the international borders. The stretch is located in the western border area will facilitate the vigilance of the Indian Army as well as strengthen the basic infrastructure of the country,” said the official statement.