Thursday, August 09, 2018

First Indian airport to have a National Highway under its runway

The Lal Bahadur Shastri (LBS) international Airport located near Varanasi is all set to undergo a unique revamp. The airport runway will soon have a national highway running under it which will make it India's first ever airport runway with such a unique feature.
The runway will soon be extended to 4,075m from the current 2750m which will enable the LBS International Airport to host big cargo and Boeing planes. NH-56 which will run under the airport runway will be converted to a four-lane road. The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has already given a thumbs up to the project.
The alignment of the Varanasi-Lucknow highway will be kept intact.
This underpass will solve the long-pending issue of deciding the alignment of NH-56, which is being converted into a four-lane road, as quoted by TOI. The proposal for NH-56 expansion has been in process for over a decade and was approved by the UPA government in 2013 but not much headway was made.
08/08/18 Economic Times