Friday, February 12, 2021

Anna, Kamaraj missing from city airport

Chennai: First, the name of former chief minister K Kamaraj disappeared. Now, that of another former chief minister, C N Annadurai, too has gone from Chennai airport. A board saying ‘Anna International Terminal’ facing the airside was taken down after the portion was razed for rebuilding.

Curiously, announcements with the prefix ‘Anna International airport’ have also been dropped. The glass fa├žade of a terminal opened in 2013 only bore ‘international terminal.’ But, the facility continued to be known as Anna International airport as international arrivals functioned from the old terminal.

Now, the airport no longer bears the name of two of the political stalwarts who lead the state in its early days.

The old domestic terminal was named after K Kamaraj, but when the building was closed and a new terminal opened adjacent to it in 2013, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) did not retain the old name. However, a name board saying ‘Kamaraj domestic terminal’ stood atop the old building facing the airside till it was pulled down early last year.

No action has been taken, either by political parties or the government, to ensure AAI retained the names of the leaders at the airport.

12/02/21 Times of India

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