Countdown to Telangana: Airport in Hyderabad to be named after NTR

The TRS’s bandh call to protest against an ordinance on Polavaram received on Thursday.

By: Express News Service | Hyderabad | Updated: May 30, 2014 9:22 am
The old airport at Begumpet was called NTR International Airport. (Source: Reuters) The old airport at Begumpet was called NTR International Airport. (Source: Reuters)

In a fresh row days before the new governments take charge in the two states of Telangana and the rest of Andhra Pradesh, Civil Aviation Minister P Gajapathi Raju announced on Thursday that the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad would be renamed as N T Rama Rao airport. Both the Congress and TRS are upset with the move.

TDP chief and Andhra Chief Minister-elect N Chandrababu Naidu had announced at his party meeting on Tuesday that he would ask the Centre to rename the airport after N T Rama Rao, the legendary actor who founded the TDP and went on to become the Chief Minister in 1983.

“The old airport at Begumpet was called NTR International Airport. After it was shifted to Shamshabad, the name should have continued. I will ask the Union Civil Aviation Minister who is from TDP to consider changing the name,’’ Naidu had said.

While the construction of the new airport was an initiative of the TDP, it was completed in 2008 when the then Chief Minister Y S R Reddy decided to name it after Rajiv Gandhi.

Telangana PCC chief Ponnala Lakshmaiah accused Naidu of using his influence over Raju, who is the TDP MP from Vizianagaram, to rename the airport. “It is uncalled for and unnecessary,’’ said Lakshmaiah.

While the TRS is also learnt to be upset since the new airport is now in Telangana, party sources said it may not raise the issue as it does not want to sour its relations with the NDA. Besides, NTR is a popular figure in Telangana too. TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao, who is set to take oath as Telangana’s first Chief Minister on June 2, is himself a fan and has named his son K T Rama Rao after him.

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    k.k.rao
    May 6, 2015 at 10:53 am
    I think it will be better to focus on other issues which promotes the growth,welfare n economy of people..not over names..It is just like time p issue(sorry to say but it is true)
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    k.k.rao
    May 6, 2015 at 10:46 am
    Changing the name of Airport is not needed.. seems very childish
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    Sadasiva Rao
    May 30, 2014 at 11:28 am
    Really? I thought it the other way with health universities, public parks etc etc being named after an ignominious ex-chief minister.
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    Appan
    May 29, 2014 at 8:15 pm
    Rajiv Gangi Did no good to the country, intact he did bad bringing sonia to the country
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    changeyourfathrsnameandsee
    May 29, 2014 at 8:11 pm
    i think chandra babu should change name of his father to nTR and his son't father also to NTR. then he would know what is it in a name. is this sthe modi developmente. change name of india to United states of india. and lo india is developed. what a shame. he proved what a failure he would be in less than 10 days while MMS took almost ten years. all those who voted for this uneducated tea seller should be ashamed of themselves.w
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    changeyourfathrsnameandsee
    May 29, 2014 at 8:12 pm
    we the people of telangan wil change the name of telangana to the Republic of INdia an indepenendet nation (yes that is just a name) shame on bjp for seekign growth in name changes.
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    Shankar
    May 31, 2014 at 6:41 am
    Chandra Babu Naidu is trying to use his influence in NDA government --- he is playing revenge against Telangana.
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    Shankar
    May 31, 2014 at 6:41 am
    Chandra Babu Naidu is trying to use his influence in NDA government --- he is playing revenge against Telangana..
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