Uttar Pradesh government has approached the Center for its approval to rename the airports in Bareilly, Kanpur, and Agra, a move that comes close on the heels of rechristening the iconic Mughalsarai Railway Station after RSS thinker Deendayal Upadhyay.
"We've reached out to Center to get the airports renamed. A meeting with Union Ministry of Civil Aviation is expected soon," a spokesman said.
Bareilly, Kanpur, Agra airports are defense airports: Spokesman
"Since all the three are defense airports, the state government and the Airports Authority of India are in the process of consultations at various levels to facilitate flyers under the regional connectivity scheme," an official spokesman said today.
According to a proposal from the state Civil Aviation Department, the Bareilly airport is to be named 'Nath Nagri', which is believed to be an ancient name of the city for its history of having ardent worshippers of Lord Shiva.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who belongs to the Nath sect, had earlier renamed the civil terminals of IAF's Gorakhpur airport.
Civil terminal of Gorakhpur airport was named after Yogi Gorakhnath
The civil terminal of Gorakhpur airport was named after Maha Yogi Gorakhnath, founder of "Nath Pant" (monastic movement). Chief Minister Adityanath is the "Mahant" (priest) of Gorakhnath temple. UP Civil Aviation Minister Nand Gopal Nandi said renaming of the three airports was long awaited.
Agra airport is proposed to be named after Deendayal Upadhyay
The proposal says that Bareilly is surrounded on all sides by as many as seven Lord Shiva temples.
Kanpur's Chakeri airport is proposed to be named after freedom fighter Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi. The proposal says that Kanpur was earlier known as Kanha Pur and was founded by Sachendi King Hindu Singh.
Also, the Agra airport is proposed to be named after Deendayal Upadhyay.