The grey hull of the C-130 Super Herculese transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force came thundering down from an overcast sky as it landed in a village called Agarawa in Rajasthan, barely 50 kms from the border with Pakistan. Running through the village, is a newly-inaugurated stretch of National Highway 925, which connects Barmer and Jalore towns.
Onboard the C-130 were Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari and Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, who stepped onto the 3-km stretch of NH925, on which the jet had descended for the first time.
Speaking at the event Defence Minister Singh said that “by creating an emergency landing strip so close to the border, we have sent across a message that India will protect its integrity and sovereignty at all costs”.
“The creation of this emergency landing field also instills enthusiasm in the mind, and also a confidence about the country’s safety. So today is a special day for all of us.” Singh said. He added, that “by constructing this field, just a few steps before the international border, we have proved how prepared we are to protect national security.”
He said that the 3-km stretch, was prepared in the midst of the Covid pandemic, and completed in just…