Aviation Ministry rename Chandigarh airport as Shaheed Bhagat Singh airport

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The Chandigarh International Airport will be renamed Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport, according to a notice from the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA). PM Modi announced the renaming on September 25 and said it would be done in commemoration of the freedom fighter.

On September 28, they honoured the freedom fighter’s 115th birthday. The Chandigarh airport’s renaming to honour Bhagat Singh was announced on the same day.

In a statement dated November 2:

“It is notified that the Chandigarh International Airport in Chandigarh is named as ‘Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport, Chandigarh’ with immediate effect.”

-MoCA (Ministry of Civil Aviation)

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The Punjab and Haryana governments both own 24.5 per cent of the Chandigarh Airport and the rest is owned by the Airports Authority of India. Different names have been suggested by the two state governments.

Haryana wants it to be known as “Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport, Chandigarh”, whereas Punjab wants to call it “Shaheed-e-Azam Sardar Bhagat Singh International Airport, Mohali”.

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The Chandigarh International Airport will be renamed Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport

Haryana CM Khattar and Deputy CM Dushyant Chautala both expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 25, the day he announced the renaming of the Chandigarh airport in his Mann Ki Baat programme.

Following a decade of efforts by various governments, the dispute between Punjab and Haryana over their claims to the airport has finally been resolved with the official naming of the Chandigarh international airport after freedom fighter Bhagat Singh on Wednesday, September 28, the anniversary of his birth.

Airport renaming and naming follow a complex process, and the Union Cabinet has given its final approval.

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Typically, airports are identified by the name of the city in which they are found. The convenience of travellers in general, and particularly foreign visitors who are unfamiliar with the local history of the area, was taken into consideration when this decision was made in 2016.

The idea of naming airport terminals after notable people and naming airports after the cities they are located in had gained traction.

The principles and regulations were altered, and names were changed by personalities. In some cases, the state government in question will propose a name, and the relevant state legislative assembly will then approve it by a resolution. For final clearance, the same is then forwarded to the Union Cabinet.

The creation of 21 new greenfield airports across the nation has received “in principle” clearance from the aviation ministry.

India anticipates building up to 80 airports in the next 5 years to accommodate the rising passenger demand, keeping up with the country’s consistent growth trend in civil aviation. According to the civil aviation ministry, the nation’s airports need to be developed, and the current infrastructure needs to be upgraded to meet the needs of the nation. The new airports in the pipeline are part of that vision.

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The creation of 21 new greenfield airports across the nation has received “in principle” clearance from the aviation ministry. Mopa in Goa, Navi Mumbai, Shirdi, and Sindhudurg in Maharashtra, Kalaburagi, Vijayapura, Hassan, and Shivamogga in Karnataka, Dabra in Madhya Pradesh, Kushinagar and Noida (Jewar), in Uttar Pradesh, and Dholera and Hirasar (Rajkot), in Gujarat, are a few of these.

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The government intends to establish a total of 220 airports by 2030 due to the strong growth potential of the nation’s civil aviation sector. Under the regional RCS-UDAN project, many of these airports, helipads, and water aerodromes are slated for development in FY 2022–2023.

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