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Mumbai: Balasaheb wanted to name Navi Mumbai int’l airport after JRD Tata: Bhujbal

12:07 AM Jun 12, 2021 | Sanjay Jog

Even as it was announced on Thursday that the Navi Mumbai international airport will be named after late Balasaheb Thackeray, food and civil supply minister Chhagan Bhujbal said the Shiv Sena founder would have instead preferred the airport to be named after JRD Tata.

The announcement was made by urban development minister Eknath Shinde. It coincided with the BJP-led agitation for naming the airport after Peasants and Workers’ Party leader, late Dinkar Balu Patil. “I have no objection to either Balasaheb’s or DB Patil’s name. There are issues and they should be resolved amicably,” Bhujbal said, adding that Balasaheb had suggested Nana Shankarsheth’s name for Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus.

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Shinde said chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has assured the DB Patil Action Samiti that some other project will be named after the farmer leader. He said, “We have immense respect for DB Patil. The CM has requested the action committee to recommend some other project to be named after him,” he added.

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As reported by Free Press Journal earlier, the CM had set an ambitious deadline of May 2021 for the completion of the first phase of the Rs 16,256-crore Navi Mumbai international airport project helmed by the Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL). However, the deadline was missed due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown. The government has not set a new deadline for the commencement of operations.

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