Thursday, September 27, 2018

Indian airports and the name game

To change the name of an airport a resolution has to be first passed by the state assembly. Then it has to be passed by the Union cabinet and finally notified in the Gazette of India.

In the past 10 years, six airports have been renamed. Five of them have been renamed after personalities. In the case of the sixth one, the government decided to insert the word 'Maharaj' to the existing Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Mumbai. Out of these six changes, two were done by the present Narendra Modi government and four had been done by the previous Manmohan Singh government.

At present there are 12 proposals from state governments, pending with the Union cabinet, for renaming of airports, which are under various states of consideration.

And contrary to what the government said in 2016 in the Rajya Sabha, all the suggested names, barring one, are to honour personalities. One of the trickiest is of renaming Chandigarh airport. Both Punjab and Haryana government own 24.5 per cent of it and the rest is owned by the Airports Authority of India.
27/09/18 Ashok Kumar Upadhyay/India Today
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