Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari plans to build more ELF to enhance highway safety and strategically necessary borders security.
On Thursday, after inaugurating India’s first emergency landing facility on National Highway 925A in Rajasthan, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, the Union Minister of Road Transport and Highway, Nitin Gadkari, declared a significant decision.
He said that the nineteen other ELFs would be built to enhance our country’s security and protect the politically important borders.
The ELF on NH925A
A 3-kilometre segment of the Satta-Gandharv stretch got transformed into an ELF for the Indian Air Force.
It is another part of the recently developed two-laned paved shoulder of the Gagariya-Bakhasar and Satta-Gandharv segment.
These stretches run a combined distance of 196.97 km and required a value of INR 765.52 cr to establish under the Bharatmala Pariyojana.
It will calculatingly help the Indian Army keep strict surveillance while strengthening another primary concern of the country: infrastructure development.
This new infrastructure will provide better transportation and connectivity between the rural areas of Barmer and Jalore districts located on the international border.
The location of the stretch is at a distance of 40km from the Indo-Pakistan border.
Where will the other 19 ELFs be built?
The government will undertake more ELF construction in — Phalodi-Jaisalmer Road and Barmer-Jaisalmer road in Rajasthan, Kharagpur-Balasore road in West Bengal, Kharagpur-Keonjhar road and near Panagarh/KKD, Chennai, Puducherry road.
Mandi Dabwali to Odhan road in Haryana, Banihal-Srinagar road in Kashmir, Leh/Nyoma area in Assam and Hasimara-Guwahati road in Assam, among many others.
According to Gadkari, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, the most refined national highways are being constructed rapidly.
Strategically necessary borders will be better secured if ELF is built on new highways
He assured that utilization of National Highways would also make the country more secure and help the Army extremely.