A stretch of the Srinagar-Banihal highway to convert into an emergency landing strip for fighter jets and has invited proposals from consultants for the project.The project will be the first in Jammu & Kashmir and is among the 13 emergency landing strips planned by the government on highways across the country.
The highway landing strip will be 3.5-km long and can be constructed in eight months at a cost of nearly Rs 119 crore.
On March, the government had informed parliament of its intent to set up emergency landing strips due to security reason which would be capable of handling all types of aircraft on highways in various states.
Bids had been invited for seven such projects by then, and the one for the proposed Srinagar-Banihal emergency landing strip were called on May 30.
The last date for submission of bids for the Srinagar-Banihal highway is July 16. Another site identified in J&K is the highway between Bijbehera and Chinar Bagh. Bids for this project are still to be called.
Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu will have two emergency landing strips each, while West Bengal, Odisha and Gujarat will have one each.
The project have been jointly identified by the Indian Air Force (IAF) and National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).