December 3, 2022
NDTV News


Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri responded to request to call Navi Mumbai airport. (File)

In the center of the controversy surrounding the re-naming of Navi Mumbai worldwide airport in Maharashtra and completely different names being proposed, Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri took to Twitter immediately to “lighten the mood a bit” by contemplating the title “Bantacruz.”

Engaging in some Santa-Banta humour, actor and singer Suchitra Krishnamoorthi had not too long ago joked on Twitter: “Banta sent a letter to the Aviation Minister: Sir, it’s my humble request that the new airport in Navi Mumbai should be named ‘Bantacruz’ since my brother already has one airport named after him. ‘Santacruz’!!!”

Mr Puri performed alongside, by quipping: “The Ministry of Civil Aviation receives many requests for naming & renaming of existing & under construction airports. To lighten the mood a bit, I want to inform my friend Banta that his formal proposal has not yet been received by us!”

Currently below development, Navi Mumbai International Airport at Ulwe Kopar-Panvel would be the second worldwide airport in Mumbai alongside Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.

The Maharashtra authorities and City and Industrial Development Corporation of Mumbai (CIDCO) had introduced that the airport will probably be named after late Bal Thackeray, founding father of Shiv Sena celebration which is a part of the ruling alliance within the state.

However, villagers and native politicians, together with BJP staff, have been demanding that the upcoming airport be named after late activist DB Patil for which a big gathering has been deliberate at CIDCO Bhavan in Belapur on Thursday. The Navi Mumbai Police has introduced site visitors diversions anticipating regulation and order scenario.

Later, to Mr Puri’s response to her tweet, Ms Krishnamoorthi replied: “Haha. Stay well and witty sir. Love and respect always.”



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