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Traffic Suspended On Section Of Srinagar Jammu Highway For Aircraft Trial

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is poised to conduct a trial run for an emergency landing facility on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway at Bijbehara. This 3.5 km long strip aims to enhance emergency response capabilities, with preparations including deployment of security forces, radar systems, and CCTV surveillance.

Security measures are robust, with a significant deployment of personnel along the designated stretch of the highway. Clearance work has commenced, paving the way for the trial run scheduled during nighttime. Sukhoi fighter aircraft and Tejas light combat fighters are anticipated to participate, showcasing the versatility of the facility.

The emergency landing facility holds strategic importance, serving various purposes including aiding in wartime scenarios, flood relief operations, and facilitating National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) missions. It underscores the importance of preparedness for unforeseen emergencies, ensuring swift response and relief efforts.

Construction of the facility commenced in 2020, reflecting a substantial investment of Rs 119 crore. As the trial run approaches, the traffic department has issued advisories, temporarily diverting heavy motor vehicles (HMVs) from the highway for urgent repairs and airstrip upgradation near Bijbehara.

During the specified period, light motor vehicles (LMVs) will be rerouted through the old national highway alignment between Alistop and Doonipora, including key checkpoints like Wanpoh, Khanabal, Batengoo, Padshahi Bagh, and Bijbihara. Truck drivers are urged to adjust their travel plans accordingly.

This initiative showcases collaborative efforts between defense, infrastructure, and transportation authorities to bolster emergency preparedness in the region. The trial run marks a significant milestone in enhancing the resilience and response capabilities of the region’s infrastructure, ensuring safety and security for residents and travelers alike.

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