After decades of neglect, India is building roads, including 17 highway stretches, in areas near its international borders that will double up as airstrips, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has said. While the previous UPA government had sanctioned construction of 73 strategic roads along the border, Gadkari is scaling it up with timely completion. “People residing in border areas need highway network and better infrastructure. We are building 17 such highways which can be converted into airstrips,” he told PTI in an interview here. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is working on the project in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence.
The roads will double up as airstrips and traffic will be stopped when an airplane land or takes off. The road and air connectivity will also provide better access to remote areas. “This way, people residing in border areas will have a better infrastructure,” he explained. Earlier, a committee was constituted comprising officials of both ministries to come out with specifications of such highway stretches.Read more