Centre plans to rename airports after cities they're located in, not historical personalities

In what may be a departure from naming airports after prominent historical personalities, the Union Minister of State Jayant Sinha on Wednesday said that the government is considering to rename existing airports and future greenfield airstrips only after the cities in which they are situated.

FP Staff February 09, 2017 14:06:18 IST
Centre plans to rename airports after cities they're located in, not historical personalities

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.

Centre plans to rename airports after cities theyre located in not historical personalities

File photo of Jayant Sinha. Image courtesy: CNN-News 18

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:

also read

No hope for justice in Lakhimpur case till Ajay Mishra is a minister, says AAP MP Sanjay Singh
India

No hope for justice in Lakhimpur case till Ajay Mishra is a minister, says AAP MP Sanjay Singh

Singh alleged the BJP and the Yogi Adityanath government "tried their best to save" Mishra's son Ashish but he had to be arrested as no other option was left

Cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses given in India surpass 95 crore mark, says health ministry
India

Cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses given in India surpass 95 crore mark, says health ministry

The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on 16 January with healthcare workers (HCWs) getting inoculated in the first phase

Centre withdraws travel advisory that added COVID-19 checks, restrictions on passengers arriving from UK
India

Centre withdraws travel advisory that added COVID-19 checks, restrictions on passengers arriving from UK

This comes after the British government ordered discontinuation of mandatory testing and quarantine norms for those vaccinated with Covishield travelling from India