Mandaviya bats to name Surat airport after PM Morarji Desai – Today live news of Surat Date 15-07-2018 Gujarat Samachar
SURAT: Union minister of state for road transport, highways and shipping Mansukh Mandaviya has taken up the issue to name the Surat airport after late former Prime Minister Morarji Desai According to information sought under the Right to Information (RTI) Act by activist Rajesh Modi, Mandaviya, then Rajya Sabha MP, was the first from Gujarat to write letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 10, 2014, for naming of Surat airport after late PM Morarji Desai.
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had forwarded the copy of the proposal to the state government for comments. Talking to TOI, Mandaviya said, “The first thing I did after the BJP-led government under the leadership of Narendra Modi came to power was to send a letter to the PM for naming of Surat airport after late PM Morarji Desai. Desai was the first Gujarati PM and son of the soil from South Gujarat. He has contributed abundantly for the progress of Surat and South Gujarat region. Thus, the international airport in Surat should be named after him.”
“The PMO had sent the letter to the gujarat government for comments, but nothing has been done. I will now follow-up with the state government,” Mandaviya added. Two years ago, the Anavil leaders in South Gujarat had started a campaign to name Surat airport after former PM Morarji Desai. Anavil community leaders said the demand to name Surat airport after Morarjibhai Desai is an old one. Former PM Desai was elected to the Lok Sabha for five consecutive terms from Surat seat between 1957 and 1977. This gives further relevance to the demand by Anavil community.
Anavil leader of South Gujarat Bhikhubhai Desai said, “The entire Anavil samaj is happy that Mansukh Mandaviya has taken up the issue with the central and state government. We would be highly obliged that the airport is named after late PM Morarjibhai.”
Anavil Samaj leader from Surat Darshan Naik told TOI, “We have planned a huge meeting of Anavils from across South Gujarat in the coming days. More than 5,000 community members will gather from across South Gujarat region to support the movement.”
Talking to TOI, RTI activist Rajesh Modi said, “According to central government, there is no written policy for naming of airports in the country. However, as a general practice, the requests for naming and renaming of airports are considered based on the recommendations of state government concerned, supported by a resolution passed in the state legislative assembly.”