Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his monthly ‘Mann Ki Baat’ Radio broadcast on September 25th announced that the Chandigarh airport will be renamed after Shaheed Bhagat Singh as a tribute to the great freedom fighter.
The Chandigarh International Airport Limited is a Joint Venture of AAI, the Punjab government and the Haryana government.
“Just before the birth anniversary of Bhagat Singh, an important decision has been taken as a tribute to him. It has been decided that the Chandigarh airport will now be named after Shaheed Bhagat Singh. It had been in waiting for a long time.”PM Modi addressed.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday (September 28), Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in a ceremony on the 115th birth anniversary of the freedom fighter officially christened the airport.
Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann, governors of Punjab and Haryana Banwarilal Purohit and Bandaru Dattatraya, Union minister of state for civil aviation General VK Singh (retd), Haryana deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala, airport chief executive officer Rakesh Ranjan Sahay and Haryana home minister Anil Vij were present at the ceremony.
“Finally, our efforts paid off. On behalf of the entire Punjab, we welcome the decision of naming the Chandigarh airport after Shaheed Bhagat Singh ji.”Bhagwant Mann mentioned in a tweet.
This was not the first time that an airport’s name has been renamed after a freedom fighter. Back in 2016, the Haryana Assembly unanimously passed a resolution to alter the name of Chandigarh airport after Bhagat Singh.
In recent times, the significance of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh has increased. The Aam Aadmi Party has shown tremendous support for freedom fighter Bhagat Singh’s sacrifices.
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann urged the Centre to start more international flights from Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport in Chandigarh to facilitate the Punjabi diaspora across the globe.
The Chief Minister said that Punjab diaspora from across the globe has been demanding such flights to ensure air connectivity from the state to Canada, the US, Australia and other parts of the world.
Presently, the airport is connected domestically to Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kangra, Kolkata, Kullu, Leh, Lucknow, Mumbai, Patna, Pune and Srinagar (J&K) & internationally, to Dubai and Sharjah.