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Bombay HC Directs Aviation Minister Scindia to Finalise Airports Naming Policy

Jyotiraditya Scindia takes over the charge of the ministry at a time when the national carrier Air India is facing a huge amount of debt and air travel especially international flights has reduced drastically due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jyotiraditya Scindia was appointed as the Minister of Civil Aviation under the recent expansion of the Union government (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: The Bombay High Court on Friday asked newly inducted Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia to formulate a new policy over the naming and renaming of airports across the country. This is the first task that Scinida has been given after taking oath on Thursday.

“If there is a new policy still in the draft stage, get it done now. You have a new set of ministers now. Let this be the work of the new aviation ministry. It should be the first task of the new aviation minister,” the Bombay High Court told Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, according to PTI.  

A bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni was hearing a petition filed by advocate Filji Frederick.

“We would like to know the present position of the draft policy…we took the state government to task last month as there was a gathering violating Covid-19 protocols with nearly 25,000 people. Why should we allow this?” the HC said.

On June 24, crowds gathered and demanded that the upcoming airport in Navi Mumbai be named after late MP DB Patil who fought for the rights of the people who were affected by the project.

This came after an announcement last month from the state government that the airport will be named after Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray.

Back in 2016, a proposal was made by the union government to name all the airports in the country after the cities in which they were located.

Jayant Sinha who was then the Minister of State for Civil Aviation had confirmed that the government was looking into the proposal.

The proposal said that the names cause massive confusion to people especially foreign tourists who were unaware of these personalities on whom the airports were named.

There was also a tussle between the Punjab and Haryana governments over the naming of the Chandigarh international airport.

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Bothe the states owned a 24.5 per cent stake in the airport.

Punjab wanted to name the airport Shaheed-e-Azam Sardar Bhagat Singh International Airport, Mohali while the Haryana assembly passed a resolution that the new airport be named Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport.

With inputs from PTI,

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