The Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport in Babatpur, around 26 km from Varanasi, will be the first in India to have a national highway running along an underpass, under the airport’s runway! The Times of India reports that the underpass will help the airport’s expansion plans to allow for larger aircraft to land and convert the highway into a 4-lane road. Germany’s Leipzig Airport has something similar, where part of the construction includes an overpass for aircraft over a major highway!
The airport’s plans to expand its runway by building an underpass have gotten a nod from the Airports Authority of India. This arrangement will keep the Varanasi-Lucknow National Highway 56 intact.