Union cabinet to decide on proposal to rename 13 airports

A proposal has been sent to the Union government for renaming 13 airports, including the one in Aurangabad, and a decision on the same will be taken by the cabinet, Union Minister Dr Bhagwat Karad said.

Speaking to reporters after arriving in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad city on Wednesday, February 16 the Union minister of state for finance said a proposal to rename the airport after Maratha king Chhatrapati Sambhaji was sent to the Centre earlier.

“I have been regularly following up on the issue. At least 13 airports in the country are to be renamed and the cabinet will make a decision about these airports,” Dr Karad said.

Dr Bhagwat Karad, Union Minister of State, Ministry of Finance

Earlier, while speaking at a virtual inauguration ceremony of an establishment in Aurangabad, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had said that legislators who go to Delhi should pursue the matter of renaming the airport and get it done. 

A few days ago, the Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya M. Scindia in a written reply to a question in the Parliament said the government has accorded ‘in-principle’ approval for setting up a total of 21 Greenfield Airports.

This includes Mopa in Goa; Shirdi, Sindhudurg, Navi Mumbai in Maharashtra; Kalaburagi, Hassan, Bijapur and Shimoga in Karnataka; Datia (Gwalior) in MP; Noida and Kushinagar in UP; Hirasar and Dholera in Gujarat; Karaikal in Puducherry; Bhogapuram, Dagadarthi and Oravakal in Andhra Pradesh; Pakyong in Sikkim; Durgapur in WB, Kannur in Kerala and Hollongi (Itanagar) in Arunachal Pradesh.

Kushinagar International Airport

The airports accorded approval at Navi Mumbai, Mopa, Shirdi, Noida (Jewar), Hirasar, Dholera, Kannur, Bhogapuram and Kushinagar are international airports and the rest of them are domestic airports.

Out of these 21 airports, eight airports- Pakyong, Durgapur, Sindhudurg, Shirdi, Kannur, Oravakal, Kalaburagi and Kushinagar have already been operationalized.

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