Monday, September 04, 2017

Controversy reigns large over naming of airport in Adampur

Jalandhar: As the Ludhiana domestic airport became operational yesterday, a controversy has reigned large over the naming of the newly commissioned domestic airport at Adampur.
Interestingly, the state units of the Congress and the BJP are at loggerheads to claim the credit for getting an airport for the Doaba region. Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Vijay Sampla and Congress MP from Jalandhar Santokh Chaudhary met officials of the Ministry of Civil Aviation on various occasions to name the airport after Guru Ravidass.
However, sources in the Ministry of Civil Aviation said after the controversy erupted between the Punjab and Haryana governments over naming the Chandigarh airport after Shaheed Bhagat Singh and RSS leader Mangal Sein, the ministry was in no mood to name the Adampur airport at present. The civil air terminal at the Chandigarh airport was inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi on September 11 last year.
“The Prime Minister was miffed over the controversy that erupted between the Punjab and Haryana governments over the name of Chandigarh Airport. So, it may be possible that the Adampur airport might also be operated without any name for some time,” said sources in the ministry. They also said due to the controversy, the provision to name a domestic airport had been removed in the newly launched regional aviation policy.
03/09/17 Rachna Khaira/Tribune