UP airport 1st to have nationwide freeway beneath runway | Varanasi Information

VARANASI: The Lal Bahadur Shastri (LBS) Worldwide Airport in Babatpur — about 26km from Varanasi — will quickly turn out to be the primary airport within the nation to have a nationwide freeway working beneath its runway. The development of an underpass will make sure the growth of the airport’s runway for the touchdown of massive planes, in addition to convert the freeway right into a four-lane street.
The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has given its nod to the airport’s runway growth by constructing the underpass, which is able to maintain the alignment of the Varanasi-Lucknow freeway (NH-56) intact. The prevailing runway is 2,750m and is proposed to be prolonged as much as 4,075m to make sure touchdown of massive cargo and Boeing planes on the airport. The runway growth and underpass development will start concurrently, stated officers.
“It is going to be India’s first freeway to cross beneath the runway of an airport. The proposed underpass can even clear up the long-pending challenge of deciding the alignment of NH-56, which is being transformed right into a four-lane street. As AAI’s undertaking of runway growth is but to start, the NHAI is repairing the prevailing freeway patch for clean vehicular motion,” NHAI undertaking director (Varanasi) S B Singh informed TOI.
The proposal to transform the NH-56 right into a four-lane has been within the pipeline for over a decade and was authorised by the UPA authorities in 2013. The NHAI began primary work on the Varanasi-Sultanpur stretch however not a lot headway might be made. With the change of guard on the Centre in 2014, the method of land acquisition and different work on the stretch sped up. Nonetheless, the alignment challenge remained unresolved.
AAI, in its Masterplan-2004, proposed the runway extension. Nonetheless, as a railway observe runs on the jap aspect of the runway, the growth might solely happen on the west the place the NH-56 exists. For the undertaking, AAI sought 593.77 acres of land in Mangari, Bikunthpur, Karmi, Ghamhapur Karmi, Sagunaha and Pura Raghunathpur villages.
The proposal was uncared for for over a decade till AAI despatched a letter to the Uttar Pradesh authorities on March 27, 2015, by the director of civil aviation (UP), searching for the required land. The scheme gained momentum in 2017 when AAI restarted identification of land for growth.

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