Chandigarh International Airport will finally have a name. After much fight and controversy about the name of the new international airport in Mohali, Punjab and Haryana have agreed to name it “Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport”. This was announced by BJP’s president of Punjab unit, Mr. Kamal Sharma who was in touch with both Punjab and Haryana state governments over the naming issue.
Chandigarh International Airport: Name Controversy
Earlier, Punjab wanted Chandigarh International Airport to be named as Mohali International Airport or SAS Nagar International Airport, which was opposed by Haryana. Haryana government said that the location of the international terminal in Mohali cannot be be defined as its name. Haryana too has contributed in the development of the airport, so its name should be a common one for both Punjab & Haryana.
Later, Punjab suggested to name Chandigarh International Airport on the name of Indian freedom fighter Shaheed Bhagat Singh. This was supported by congress as well as AAP parties. However on the other hand, Haryana suggested to name the airport after Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leader Mangal Sein. This was opposed by Punjab Government.
The international airport at Chandigarh was without a name since all this time. It was inaugurated on 11th of September 2015 by Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India. All through the time of development, before inauguration and even after inauguration, the airport has been called as Chandigarh International Airport.
All road signs and boards which have been put up at various locations read the name as “International Airport, Mohali”.
Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport
After all the controversies and suggestions, Punjab and Haryana have agreed to name Chandigarh International Airport on the name of Shaheed Bhagat Singh.
According to sources, Mahesh Sharma, a BJP leader has written a letter union Minister of State for Civil Aviation requesting to name the airport before March 23 so that it may come as a tribute on the freedom fighter’s martyr day.