Khattar protests against name of airport, sends missive to Badal

DW Bureau / Chandigarh:┬áIn a new turn of events the Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has raised strong objection to Punjab claiming the International airport to be as ÔÇ£MohaliÔÇØ international airport and shot off a demi-official letter to his Punjab counterpart Parkash Singh Badal.

ÔÇ£I am happy to note that Chandigarh International Airport Limited (CHIAL) is going to start its international operations with the first international flight of Air India from Chandigarh to Sharjah (UAE).. This is a welcome culmination of our persistent efforts with the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

ÔÇ£However, I am deeply anguished by the advertisements that appeared in various newspapers today terming the Chandigarh International Airport as Mohali International Airport. This is factually incorrect,ÔÇØ Khattar wrote to Badal.

Khattar further mentioned, ÔÇ£the fact is that the final nomenclature of this airport has not yet been decided by the Government of India. This airport is managed by Chandigarh International Airport Limited where Airports Authority of India is having 51 per cent equity partnership and State Governments of Haryana and Punjab are having equity at the rate of 24.5 per cent each in the said CompanyÔÇØ.

ÔÇ£Being the equal partner in the Chandigarh International Airport Limited, we strongly object to the misleading advertisement campaign carried out by the State Government of Punjab. I request you to kindly look into the matter and take remedial action in this regard,ÔÇØ Khattar said in his strongly worded letter.

Earlier, Haryana had maintained that it will have no objection if the Chandigarh international airport was named after Shaheed Bhagat Singh after demand was raised from various quarters including from the legendary martyrÔÇÖs kin in this regard.




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