Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Raju: No controversy over Chandigarh airport’s name

Chandigarh: Union Minister for Civil Aviation P Ashok Gajapathi Raju today said there was no controversy over the naming of Chandigarh international airport and that a ‘procedure’ for its christening was in place.
Speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of the inauguration of a skill-development centre at the old airport terminal in Behlana, the Union Minister said, “There is no controversy. There is a process of naming, which has to be followed. The Punjab Government had made a request and the Haryana Government too has made a request. Everyone feels there is no need for a controversy because Shaheed Bhagat Singh is a national hero and not the hero of a small community.”
When asked whether it meant that the airport would be named after Shaheed-e-Azam, Raju’s reply was cut short by MP Kirron Kher, who said, “What is wrong with Chandigarh? Don’t you like Chandigarh as the name of the airport?”
The Punjab Government had demanded that the airport should be named as ‘Shaheed-e-Azam Sardar Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport, Mohali’ and passed a resolution for the same in the Assembly.
The Haryana Government had objected to the use of ‘Mohali’ in the airport’s name.
27/02/18 Tribune
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