On November 21, the eve of Mulayam Singh Yadav's 78th birthday, Indian Air Force will land 8 fighter jets on Agra-Lucknow expressway. Back in May 2015, IAF successfully landed a French Dassault Mirage-2000 on the Yamuna Expressway near Raya village, Mathura.
Navneet Sehgal, Uttar Pradesh expressways industrial development authority (UPEIDA) CEO said, "All arrangements have been made to conduct the grand inauguration. A squadron of eight fighter jets will land and take off from the newly constructed expressway."
The Yamuna expressway was a dream project for UP CM Akhilesh Yadav. The state government built the 302 km expressway in a record time of 22 months and has cost Rs 13,200 crore. The road will be opened to the public by December.
The expressway was inspected by several officials including Sehgal and Air Vice Marshal Rajesh Issar, senior officer administration of Central Air Command. The stretch that will be using for this event is in Bangarmau of Unnao district.
An IAF official said, "To conduct safe landings of eight fighter jets, necessary safety requirements such as bird clearance, safety services, rescue vehicles and temporary air traffic control need to be set up."
UPEIDA source revealed, "A dedicated 2 km stretch has been built for war-like emergencies on the expressway, though we have also ensured that eco-system on the stretch is not disturbed."
Currently, many countries have dedicated stretches on their expressways and highways for fighter jets and other aeroplanes to land and take off in the case of an emergency.
The countries that have dedicated expressways are Pakistan, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, South Korea, Finland and Taiwan.