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IAF aircraft conducts trials on emergency landing strip in Bijbehera

April 3, 2024
A helicopter of the Indian Air Force lands on the Wanpoh-Sangam stretch of the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway as part of an Emergency Landing Facility (ELF) drill, in Jammu & Kashmir.

Srinagar, Apr 2:  Trial landing and take-off of an IAF aircraft were conducted on the 3.5-kilometer emergency landing strip on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway at Bijbehara in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district, officials said on Tuesday.

The exercise began around midnight and concluded at 3.30 am on Tuesday, they said.

Constructed for Rs 119 crore, work on the emergency landing strip was started in 2020 and completed late last year. It forms part of a program initiated by the Indian Air Force (IAF) with the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways for the creation of emergency landing facilities at different locations across the country.

The emergency strip is one of 13 projects planned across the country and can be used by fighter jets and other aircraft in case of a war or a natural disaster that requires a war-like mobilization of resources.

Traffic on the national highway’s Wanpoh-Sangam stretch was restored a few hours after the trial exercise was completed, the officials said.

They said vehicular traffic on the stretch was suspended and diverted through alternative roads for the trial.

Security was heightened along the landing strip with additional personnel deployed to ensure that people did not stray inside the area.

Sniffer dogs were pressed into action to ensure that the strip and surrounding areas were free of any kind of explosives.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by The Kashmir Monitor staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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