A controversy over the naming of a proposed international airport at Mohali,which led to a slugfest between Punjab and Haryana,could find a resolution following the Centres intervention.
Civil Aviation minister Ajit Singh has suggested that the upcoming airport be named Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport,Mohali-Chandigarh,partly addressing concerns of both the states. While the Punjab government has been pushing hard to ensure the airport be named after the legendary freedom fighter from the state,it also wanted the location be identified as Mohali a satellite city,adjoining Chandigarh that falls within the geographical boundaries of Punjab. The Haryana government,on the other hand,has resisted the location being put as Mohali and was insisting on it being identified as Chandigarh,since the latter is the joint capital of the neighbouring states.
In the venture,both the state governments have an equal stake of 24.5 per cent each while the Airports Authority of India holds the remaining 51 per cent.
Identification of the location as Mohali should keep Punjab happy and Chandigarh should keep Haryana happy, said a source close to the development.
Singh is likely to soon hold talks with Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to garner his concurrence on the matter.
Last week,after the civil aviation minister held talks with the Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal and deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal,the central government gave its in-principle nod to their proposal to name the airport after Shaheed Bhagat Singh.
The Punjab Assembly had earlier unanimously passed a resolution to this effect. During those talks,it is learnt that the civil aviation minister convinced the Badal government to accept Chandigarh also as the official airport location.
The Centre alongwith the Airports Authority of India are the final authority to decide the nomenclature for the airport and its location.