Saturday, August 28, 2021

No change in nomenclature of LGBI airport, says AAI

Guwahati: The AAI (Airports Authority of India) has assured the family members of Bharat Ratna Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi of retaining the present name of the Borjhar airport in the city. The Central Government had named the Borjhar airport after the first Chief Minister of Assam — Bharat Ratna Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi. It is now known as Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) airport.

But a newspaper advertisement was doing the rounds in the social media where it had been mentioned that Adani Guwahati International Airport invited "parties to participate in the e-tendering process for provisions of various non-aeronautical services at the airport". The Adani Group will take over the operation of the LGBI Airport in October this year.

Amidst this prevailing uncertainty, Bolin Bordoloi, son of late Bharat Ratna Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi on Wednesday met the Airport Director of LGBI Airport Ramesh Kumar and discussed the issue in detail.

During the discussion the AAI authority explained that as per the contract norms only the operations of the LGBI Airport have been leased out to Adani Group. But the Central government — through AAI — will retain the technical operations and ownership rights. Hence, the name 'Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport' — already okayed by the Union Cabinet and approved by Parliament — stands unchanged.

28/08/21 Sentinel 

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