Uttar Pradesh

Yamuna Expressway becomes India’s first road runway after IAF Mirage 2000 jet successfully lands

Yamuna Expressway in Uttar Pradesh had become India’s first road runway after Indian Air Force (IAF) Mirage 2000 fighter jet successfully landed as part of trials to use national highways for emergency landing.

The first of its kind initiative in India’s aviation history took place on Yamuna Expressway near Mathura with active support from Uttar Pradesh government, Yamuna Expressway Authority.

It should be noted that Yamuna Expressway is the longest Greenfield expressway in the country.

Now, IAF is considering using national highways for emergency landing of aircrafts if an active airport is not available under certain circumstances.

For this IAF is planning to activate more such stretches on future road runway that have straight roads located at a non-undulating round without any slope and also free of waterlogging.

With this, India will join group of nations that have dedicated stretches on their expressways and highways for airplanes to land and take off in case of an emergency. They are Germany, Sweden, Poland, Taiwan, South Korea, Switzerland, Finland, Singapore and Pakistan.


Union Government launches USTAAD Scheme for Traditional Artisans in Varanasi

Union Government formally launched Upgrading the Skills and Training in Traditional Arts/Crafts for Development (USTAAD) Scheme.

It was launched by Union Minister of Minority Affairs Dr. Najma Heptullah in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh in order to improve degrading conditions of world famous Banaras Saree weavers who belong to minority communities.

Facts about USTAAD Scheme

  • The Scheme aims at upgrading Skills and Training of minority communities by preservation of traditional ancestral Arts and Crafts.
  • It also envisages boosting the skill of craftsmen, weavers and artisans who are already engaged in the traditional ancestral work.
  • Under the scheme, assistance will be provided to traditional artisans to sell their products in order to make them more compatible with modern markets.
  • It is fully funded by Union Government and Union Ministry of Minority Affairs is nodal agency in implementing it.


UP Government launches Samajwadi water ATM scheme

Uttar Pradesh Government has launched Samajwadi water ATM scheme at bus stations. The scheme was launched by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. It seeks to provide potable water to bus passengers at reasonable price.

In this regard, state government will install water ATMs at most of the bus stations which will provide potable water at the rate of 1 rupee per litre and cold water at 2 rupees per litre.

Apart from this scheme, state government also lauched affordable ‘Lohia gramin bus seva’, with 25 per cent lower bus fares. This scheme will provide connectivity at affordable fare between cities and rural areas where there was no means of public transport is available.

149 self-operating inquiry services, super luxury air-conditioned bus service were also launched by the state government.