In what will be a departure from the practice of naming airports after prominent regional and historical personalities, the central government may soon rename airports across the country only after the cities where they are located.
According to a report in The Indian Express, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said that the government is considering renaming existing airports and also future greenfield airstrips not after people, but after cities' names.
Nevertheless, the proposal is still under the government's scanner, and it's yet to give its final view on this issue. Further, no official policy has been formalised by the Cabinet yet, the report said.
Sinha, the Hazaribagh MP, told the publication, "That matter is under investigation. We are evaluating how best to deal with that issue."
The report highlighted the fact that naming of airports after Indian personalities causes inconvinience to foreign tourists who are generally unfamiliar with their pronunciation.
In India, many of the airports are named after historical pre and post-independent figures.
For example, the international airport in New Delhi is named after Indira Gandhi; the airport in Kolkata is named after freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose; the Hyderabad airport is named after late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, while the international aiport in Bengaluru is named after the city's founder Kempe Gowda.
The issue of keeping airports named after cities comes at a time when the BJP-Shiv Sena government prefixed Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport with the title of 'Maharaj', which means king in Marathi.
Updated Date: Feb 09, 2017 14:06 PM