Chandigarh International Airport Named After Bhagat Singh: News Kidda

Tribune News Service

Gaurav Kanthwal

Mohali, September 28

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has today renamed Chandigarh International Airport as ‘Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport’.

Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman unveiled the plaque in Mohali and paid tribute to the national icon on his 115th birthday.

Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman along with other dignitaries during the renaming of Chandigarh airport as ‘Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport’ on Wednesday. Tribune Photo

Punjab Governor and Chandigarh Administrator Banwari Lal Purohit, Haryana Governor Bandaru Dattatraya, Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann, Haryana Home Secretary Anil Vij, Anandpur Sahib MP Manish Tewari, Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher and State Minister for Civil Aviation were also Dr VK Singh present on the occasion.

Haryana Deputy CM Dushyant Chautala says both Punjab and Haryana went above and beyond to rename the airport after the freedom fighter’s name. Chautala suggested that a bust of Shaheed Bhagat Singh be installed here for Martyrdom Day on March 23.

Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann requested permission from the Ministry of Civil Aviation to increase the number of international flights from the airport.

With the renaming, the long-running demand to add Mohali, Chandigarh and Panchkula to the nomenclature has settled down.

Three days ago, Prime Minister Modi said in his radio broadcast Mann Ki Baat that Chandigarh airport will now be named after Shaheed Bhagat Singh in tribute to the great freedom fighter.

Chandigarh International Airport Limited (CHIAL) is a joint venture established under the Companies Act, 2013 by Airports Authority of India (AAI) in association with the governments of Punjab and Haryana.

The airport runway is located in Chandigarh while the international terminal is located on the south side of the runway in Jhiurheri village in Mohali.

The AAI has a 51% share in the project. Punjab and Haryana each contributed 24.5%.

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