Bantacruz? Aviation Minister lightens mood at Navi Mumbai airport

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri responded to a request to name the Navi Mumbai airport. (file)

Amid the proposed controversy over the re-naming of Navi Mumbai International Airport in Maharashtra and various names, Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri today took to Twitter to “lighten the mood” by considering the name “Bantacruz”.

Indulging in some Santa-Banta humour, actor and singer Suchitra Krishnamurthy recently joked on Twitter: “Banta sent a letter to the aviation minister: Sir, it is my humble request to name the new airport in Navi Mumbai”. ‘Bantacruz’ as there is already an airport named after my brother. ‘Santa Cruz’!!!”

Mr Puri quipped: “The Ministry of Civil Aviation receives several requests for naming and renaming of existing and under construction airports. To lighten the mood a bit, I would like to inform my friend Banta that their formal The offer hasn’t arrived yet. Received by us!”

Currently under construction, the Navi Mumbai International Airport at Ulwe Kopar-Panvel will be Mumbai’s second international airport along with Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.

The Maharashtra government and the City and Industrial Development Corporation of Mumbai (Cidco) had announced that the airport would be named after the late Bal Thackeray, the founder of the Shiv Sena party, which is part of the ruling coalition in the state.

However, villagers and local politicians, including BJP workers, have been demanding that the upcoming airport be named after late activist DB Patil, for which a large gathering has been planned at CIDCO Bhawan in Belapur on Thursday. Navi Mumbai Police has announced traffic diversion in view of the law and order situation.

Later, to Mr. Puri’s response to his tweet, Ms. Krishnamurthy replied: “Haha. Be nice and funny, sir. Love and respect always.”

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