Srinagar: The Indian Air Force (IAF) has started construction of a 3-kilometer long runway adjacent to the National Highway NH-44 in Bijbehara area of South Kashmir.
The construction of the emergency landing facility comes at a time when there is military standoff along Line of Actual Control (LAC) between Indian Army and Peoples Liberation Army of China.
The work on the runway has been started two days ago on war footing and an official said that it would be three kilometer long and will act as emergency runway facility for fighter jets in case of any emergency.
The passes for the construction of the runway to the trucks and workers were issued by the district administration.
A top security official told news website The Kashmiriyat that the ‘Emergency Strip’ has nothing to do with the current standoff between India and China along the Line of actual control. He said that the runways have been built in other parts of Jammu Kashmir and in other Indian states as well.
The runway being built on the Srinagar-Jammu Highway near Sangam in Anantnag district on the NH 44 is nearly 3.5-km-long and currently the level of the strip is being regularized.
Sources said that the work is being done under the dark of the night after labourers were given special passes to work. The project work is being done by a South Kashmir based construction company.
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