Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh and Minister for Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari will Inaugurate Emergency Landing Field (ELF) and also witness aircraft operations on Emergency Landing Field (ELF) on NH-925 0n 09/09/2021 at Gandhav Bhakasar Section (NH-925) South of Barmer (Rajasthan). This is the first time that the National Highway will be used for emergency landing of aircraft of IAF.
NHAI had developed a 3.0 Km section of the Satta-Gandhav stretch of NH-925A from Km. 41/430 to Km. 44/430 as an Emergency Landing Facility (ELF) for Indian Air Force, which is part of newly developed Two lane paved shoulder of Gagariya-Bakhasar & Satta-Gandhav Section having total length of 196.97 Km. and Costing of Rs. 765.52 Crores under Bharatmala Pariyojana. This project will improve connectivity between villages of Barmer & Jalore districts located on the international border. 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.
Apart from this Emergency Landing Strip, 3 helipads (size 100 x 30 meters each) have been constructed in Kundanpura, Singhania & Bakhasar villages in this project according to the requirements of the Air Force/Indian Army, which will be the basis for strengthening the Indian Army and security network on the western international border of the country.
The ELF was constructed in a time span of 19 months. The work for this ELF was commenced in July 2019 and was completed in January 2021. The work was carried out by M/S GHV India Pvt. Ltd under the supervision of IAF and NHAI. During the normal time, the ELF will be used for the smooth flow of road traffic. But during the operations of ELF for Indian Air Force orders, the service road will be used for smooth flow of road traffic. It has been constructed in 3.5 Km length. This Landing Strip will be able to facilitate the landing of all types of Aircraft of the Indian Airforce.
Salient features of ELF are as under:
|1||Pavement Type||Rigid Pavement (Concrete)|
|2||Length of Stretch||3000 meters (3.0 Km.)|
|3||Width of Stretch||33 Mtr|
|4||Cost of ELF||32.95 Crores|
|5||Distance from Indo-Pak International Border||40.0 Km|
|6||Size of Parking facility||02 parking facilities with a size of 40 m x 180 m have been constructed at both ends of the strip.|
|7||Other Facilities||ATC plinth of size 25mx65m has been constructed with Double Storey ATC Cabin fully furnished with attached wash room facility.|
For the safety of local villagers during the operation 1.5 M Fencing is provided as per suggestion/requirement of AF.
|8||Diversion Road||Diversion road of width 7.0 m with flexible pavement.|
The development of roadways as key infrastructure has led to the construction of high-quality highways and expressways that could be utilized as runways along with some modifications and construction of limited additional infrastructure for the operation of various types of aircraft during emergencies.