Chandigarh Airport to be Named After Bhagat Singh
Finally Punjab and Haryana Governments have given their consent to name the Chandigarh International airport after legendary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh. Kamal Sharma, president of Punjab BJP unit has claimed that Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has agreed to this.
In a letter to the minister of state for aviation, Mahesh Sharma, the state BJP chief has requested that the airport should be named after Legendary martyr Bhagat Singh before March 23, which is martyrdom day of the legend. Bhagat Singh was an Indian revolutionary socialist who fought for freedom. He was born in a Punjabi Sikh family and was involved in revolutionary activities against British.
Caption Bhupinder Singh who is officer on special duty to Haryana CM has said that aviation secretary has not given any official conformation on this, but they don’t have any issues in airport being named after the legendary freedom fighter Bhagat singh.
Chandigarh airport has become an issue of disagreement between Punjab and Haryana after its upgradation as an international airport. Punjab and Haryana are the main stakeholders of this project. Punjab Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal said that development has reached a new height with 24×7 power supply, 4-6 laning of roads and airport connectivity. Chandigarh international airport is located at Mohali (near Chandigarh). The new international airport at Mohali offers domestic and international flights. Domestic flights at the old terminal have been shifted to new terminal. It covers area of almost 305 acres. Domestic flights started from October 19, 2015. Runaway upgrade for full sized aircrafts will take sometime.
Punjab and Haryana Governments have 24.5% stakes each. Airport Authority of India holds 51% stakes. Departure is at Upper Floor and arrival at Ground floor and has 1600 passenger capacity. International airport has six escalators and 14 lifts and offers parking Bay for 8 Aircrafts. It has parking space for 500 vehicles.