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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:33 am    Post subject: Good New: Airport Renaming Reply with quote

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/on-govt-table-plan-to-name-rename-airports-after-cities-not-people-jayant-sinha-4514958/

On Govt table: Plan to name, rename airports after cities, not people

The government is considering a proposal to rename existing airports as well as future greenfield airports after cities and not personalities, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha has told The Indian Express.

He said the proposal of naming airports after cities is being examined by the government and a final view in this regard is expected be taken. “That matter is under investigation. We are evaluating how best to deal with that issue,” Sinha said when asked about the government’s view on naming airports after cities, instead of naming them after personalities.
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Sources said that internal deliberations have been held on this matter and a view has emerged that the names of airports should be only after cities. The ministry also discussed the idea of renaming existing airports after cities but it is not clear whether a final decision has been arrived at in this regard.

The ministry had last year examined the proposal to name the airports by the name of the city in which they are located. This was discussed in light of perceived inconvenience caused to passengers and foreign tourists who may not be familiar with Indian personalities.

The government has so far not released any official policy in this regard. A set of policy guidelines with regard to naming of airports are likely to be finalised after these are cleared by the Union Cabinet. The terminals of the airports can be allowed to be named after eminent personalities, as suggested by the respective state governments, sources said.

Major airports in India have been named after personalities, for instance, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport for Mumbai, Indira Gandhi International Airport for Delhi, Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad and the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru.

Naming airports has been a tricky issue, as exemplified in the case of Chandigarh international airport in which Punjab and Haryana government own 24.5 per cent each while the remaining 51 per cent equity is held by the state-owned Airports Authority of India. The Punjab government had in 2009 proposed naming of Chandigarh airport as Shaheed-e-Azam Sardar Bhagat Singh International Airport, Mohali while the Haryana assembly, in 2009, passed a resolution that the new international airport be named Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport, Chandigarh.

Ignoring this resolution, the BJP government in Haryana sent a fresh proposal to the Centre on June 5, 2015, for naming the airport as Dr. Mangal Sein International Airport, Chandigarh. Sein was a former deputy chief minister of Haryana from 1977 to 1979 and a pracharak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. The naming of Chandigarh airport has been stuck due to lack of consensus among the two states. The civil aviation ministry has been discussing framing guidelines in this regard since last year.

Earlier, in reply to a query in Rajya Sabha on May 3, 2016 on the issue, former Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma had said: “Due to lack of any firm and explicit instructions/guidelines for naming/renaming of airports in the country and considering the convenience of the passengers in general and especially foreign tourists who are not familiar with the local history of the area, a view has emerged to name the airports by the name of the city in which they are located/served and the terminals of the airports after eminent personalities.”
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Ji Ji Shivaji Maharaj Ji brigade in Mumbai will never allow the name of the airport to be changed.

The same holds for Chennai and other places.


I doubt the minister wll be able to get his way, but it would be great if he does.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The_Goat wrote:
The Ji Ji Shivaji Maharaj Ji brigade in Mumbai will never allow the name of the airport to be changed.

The same holds for Chennai and other places.


I doubt the minister wll be able to get his way, but it would be great if he does.


Among the most egregious naming of an airport is Rajiv Gandhi Airport at Hyderabad. Rajiv Gandhi has almost no connection to the city and may be visited the place a few times as a prime minister or as a PM candidate. This move was purely political by the then Congress government. All other names for the city airports in India at least have some connection to the city.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Among the most egregious naming of an airport is Rajiv Gandhi Airport at Hyderabad. Rajiv Gandhi has almost no connection to the city and may be visited the place a few times as a prime minister or as a PM candidate. This move was purely political by the then Congress government. All other names for the city airports in India at least have some connection to the city.


Not many people know that Rajiv Gandhi was a very frequent visitor to Hyderabad, during the time he flew HS-748s for IC.

Hyderabad was the engineering base for HS-748s, and Rajiv loved to talk to the engineers about the aircraft. The HS had massive performance issues in the beginning, and Rajiv was often found in HYD asking the IC engineers a lot of questions about it. My dad has met him on numerous occasions. Rajiv also used to train often at the CTE in HYD.

I have heard that he had his favourite Biryani joint too.

Of course, these are hardly the reasons to name the airport after him.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The_Goat wrote:
iah87 wrote:



Among the most egregious naming of an airport is Rajiv Gandhi Airport at Hyderabad. Rajiv Gandhi has almost no connection to the city and may be visited the place a few times as a prime minister or as a PM candidate. This move was purely political by the then Congress government. All other names for the city airports in India at least have some connection to the city.


Not many people know that Rajiv Gandhi was a very frequent visitor to Hyderabad, during the time he flew HS-748s for IC.

Hyderabad was the engineering base for HS-748s, and Rajiv loved to talk to the engineers about the aircraft. The HS had massive performance issues in the beginning, and Rajiv was often found in HYD asking the IC engineers a lot of questions about it. My dad has met him on numerous occasions. Rajiv also used to train often at the CTE in HYD.

I have heard that he had his favourite Biryani joint too.

Of course, these are hardly the reasons to name the airport after him.


But, but, but Chattrapati Maharaj Shivaji invented the Boeing 747. It was known as the Maratha 747, but Boeing stole the idea from him.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

iah87 wrote:
The_Goat wrote:
The Ji Ji Shivaji Maharaj Ji brigade in Mumbai will never allow the name of the airport to be changed.

The same holds for Chennai and other places.


I doubt the minister wll be able to get his way, but it would be great if he does.


Among the most egregious naming of an airport is Rajiv Gandhi Airport at Hyderabad. Rajiv Gandhi has almost no connection to the city and may be visited the place a few times as a prime minister or as a PM candidate. This move was purely political by the then Congress government. All other names for the city airports in India at least have some connection to the city.


If anything, Rajiv Gandhi being an ex-pilot atleast has a connection to aviation.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 6:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

or if we can have something along the lines of 'Skyharbour', it would be great

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The_Goat wrote:
The Ji Ji Shivaji Maharaj Ji brigade in Mumbai will never allow the name of the airport to be changed.


Jaysit wrote:
But, but, but Chattrapati Maharaj Shivaji invented the Boeing 747. It was known as the Maratha 747, but Boeing stole the idea from him.


Historically speaking, Shivaji had nothing to do with present day Bombay. Infact, the airport (Santa Cruz) itself is located on the island of Salsette. But of course, the likes of the Slave Sena (themselves more genetically related to the descendants of Portuguese Cafré slaves, than the "sons of the soil") wouldn't know that. And I bet that if that New Bombay airport does every come about, it would be named after that gangster, Bal Thackeray.

Renaming Santa Cruz after a small time warlord was as idiotic, historically speaking, as renaming Hyderabad after Rajiv Gandhi. If it had to be renamed after a person, it ought to have been renamed after J.R.D. It's ironic that in a country that names aviation related places after every "gunda" possible, there is nothing that carries the name of the father of Indian aviation.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

justbala wrote:

If anything, Rajiv Gandhi being an ex-pilot atleast has a connection to aviation.


Will the people rename MAA to amMA International Aairport or APJ Abdul Kalam International Airport?

If the proposal doesn't go though, APJ atleast deserves 1 good airport named after him due to his contribution.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

747-237 wrote:
Renaming Santa Cruz after a small time warlord was as idiotic, historically speaking, as renaming Hyderabad after Rajiv Gandhi. If it had to be renamed after a person, it ought to have been renamed after J.R.D. It's ironic that in a country that names aviation related places after every "gunda" possible, there is nothing that carries the name of the father of Indian aviation.


Well said.

The greatest luminary in Indian aviation, and one of the greatest in aviation generally, doesn't have an airport named after him. How tragic.

India should name latrines and public toilets after politicians. If nothing else, at least they'll be maintained and cleaned somewhat.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jaysit wrote:

But, but, but Chattrapati Maharaj Shivaji invented the Boeing 747. It was known as the Maratha 747, but Boeing stole the idea from him.


This one is right up (y)our alley !

We built the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, an example of Maharashtrian architecture, invented in the Western Ghats.

http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/Article.aspx?eid=31821&articlexml=MY-BAD-History-of-India-after-Haldighati-17022017012009
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