(Juhi Aishwary, Intern Journalist): The air force in Kashmir has started construction of a three and a half kilometer airstrip along the national highway amid growing military tensions with China along the LOC. in the eastern Ladakh. On this, fighter aircraft can easily land and take off. From here the Air Force will take very little time to reach the Line of Control and the Line of Actual Control. This airstrip is being constructed along the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway-44 at Bijbihara. It will cost about Rs 119 crores and it will be ready in eight months.
Officials said that this strip is about three and a half kilometers long. Its construction has been started two days ago. It is being completed on a war footing. This strip will be used for fighter aircraft in an emergency. Combat aircraft can land and take off at any time. The district administration has issued special passes for the personnel and workers involved in the construction of the airstrip.
Important is the runway
The official said that the construction of this airstrip is very important for the country. Kashmir borders with Pakistan. Apart from this, a part of Ladakh is also contiguous with China and a part with Pakistan. India’s relations with both China and Pakistan are tense. In the event of war, this strip will be very effective for the Army, Air Force, and other security agencies. It can also be used in floods and other natural disasters.
It was decided to make in 2017
The decision to construct this airstrip in South Kashmir on the Srinagar-Jammu highway was taken in 2017. 12 such airstrips will be built in different parts of the country including Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Bengal, Odisha, and Gujarat.