Monday, October 17, 2016

22 highway stretches pan-India may double up as airstrips

New Delhi: Road transport and highways ministry is working on a proposal with ministry of defence to construct runways on highway stretches and 22 such spots have been identified across the country.
"There are proposals to develop highway stretches in such a fashion that they may double up as airstrips. This will provide connectivity in difficult places," Road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari told PTI.
Gadkari said his ministry is shortly going to convene a meeting with the defence ministry to firm up the proposal.
According to an official, a committee comprising officials of both ministries has been constituted to come out with specifications of such highway stretches which can double up as airstrips.
The committee will look into details like feasibility of the stretches, their length and breadth apart from other issues.
17/10/16 Times of India
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