BHUBANESWAR: Two stretches of Nationwide Freeway (NH) passing by means of Odisha can be developed as emergency touchdown strips for navy plane. The highways are Kharagpur-Balasore (NH-16) and Kharagpur-Keonjhar (NH-49).
A senior Nationwide Highways Authority of India (NHAI) official mentioned the 2 NH stretches are perfect for emergency touchdown of plane as they’re straight and have much less or no public visibility. “A crew conducting the feasibility research had chosen the 2 stretches not too long ago. Different highways in Odisha weren’t possible for emergency touchdown of plane as they’ve underpasses each two to a few km,” he mentioned.
As soon as developed, the strips is not going to solely be used for emergency landings. As soon as they’re used for the touchdown of plane, the service street can be used for the sleek circulate of street site visitors. Development of the strip, which is on the design board, is predicted to start subsequent yr.
Sources mentioned the number of websites for emergency touchdown of plane and planes had been completed as they’d no airport in shut neighborhood. On the sidelines of the inauguration of the primary emergency touchdown facility on NH-925 A in Rajasthan on Thursday, Union Minister for Street Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari introduced the brand new touchdown facility within the nation.
“The development of world-class NHs is on at file pace. Our nationwide highways may even be utilized by the armed forces which is able to make the nation safer and all the time prepared for emergency conditions,” he had mentioned. The primary emergency touchdown facility on NH-925A was inaugurated by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh within the presence of Gadkari.
Different locations included within the checklist are Phalodi-Jaisalmer street and Barmer-Jaisalmer street in Rajasthan, close to Panagarh/KKD, Chennai in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry street, Nellore-Ongole street and Ongole-Chilakaluripet street in Andhra Pradesh and close to Sangrur in Punjab.