Aviation

Is it a highway? Or a runway?

DELHI: In a first, the government is building an airport in Rajasthan where the airstrip will be used both as a runway and highway.

The Union minister of roads, highways, ports and shipping Nitin Gadkari said the concrete track would be open to civilian traffic when there is no aircraft movement and would be shut for vehicles when a plane is landing or taking off, reports Business Insider India.

He did not disclose where in Rajasthan was the airport being built.

The minister added that similar projects were being planned in hilly and border areas of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Tripura, which would be built with aid from defence authorities.

The government is working on ways to boost regional air connectivity in the country. In new civil aviation policy, the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) has been mooted that provides for various concessions to airlines.

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