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17 highway stretches on border to double up as airstrips

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NEW DELHI, June 7 - 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.

Last year, Gadkari had spoken of construction of such an airport in Rajasthan and similar projects are being planned in Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and some other border districts.

While the previous UPA Government had sanctioned construction of 73 strategic roads along the border, Gadkari is scaling it up with timely completion.

The roads will double up as airstrips and traffic will be stopped when an airplane lands or takes off. The road and air connectivity will also provide better access to remote areas.

The Minister also said there are plans to boost infrastructure in difficult areas, and in the North East, projects worth Rs 40,000 crore have already been initiated. � PTI

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17 highway stretches on border to double up as airstrips

NEW DELHI, June 7 - 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.

Last year, Gadkari had spoken of construction of such an airport in Rajasthan and similar projects are being planned in Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and some other border districts.

While the previous UPA Government had sanctioned construction of 73 strategic roads along the border, Gadkari is scaling it up with timely completion.

The roads will double up as airstrips and traffic will be stopped when an airplane lands or takes off. The road and air connectivity will also provide better access to remote areas.

The Minister also said there are plans to boost infrastructure in difficult areas, and in the North East, projects worth Rs 40,000 crore have already been initiated. � PTI