Welcome boards declaring the name of Ahmedabad airport as Adani airport have come up on roads leading to the airport in the city.
Interestingly, the name of Sardar Vallabbhbhai Patel has gone missing from these boards. The Ahmedabad International Airport has been given to Adani for 50 years on lease. Adani group boards have also come up at the domestic airport. The Ahmedabad airport is known as the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport.
Gujarat Congress chief Amit Chavda also tweeted about the issue. Chavda took a dig at the BJP calling it one who opposed Sardar but loved Adani.
“A party that merely uses Sardar Patel’s name for politics ensured that the Iron Man’s name was removed from the airport to please its industrial friends and renamed it Adani airport,” #Shameless BJP, Chavda tweeted.
Adani Group was handed over the operations of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad from November 7 onwards for over 50 years.
Earlier, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) had also given the Lucknow Airport and the Mangaluru airport to the Adani group on lease for 50 years.
The Centre in February 2019 privatized six major airports of the country – Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Mangaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, and Guwahati.
Adani had won the rights to run all of them for 50 years. The business group is often accused of being close to the center of power both in Delhi and Gujarat.
BJP, Sardar Patel & Adani
In the last 28 years that BJP has been in power in the state, the party has aggressively used Sardar Patel’s name and image as part of its political campaign.
The Statue of Unity was also an attempt by the state to showcase the Iron Man of India, who the Saffron Party believes was always sidelined by the Congress.
Ahmedabad airport is the eighth business airport in the country in terms of passenger movement. It hosts over 250 flights a day and in the year 2014-15, 48 lakh passengers passed through the airport.
Built-in 1937, Ahmedabad airport began offering international flight operations in 1992 and it was recognized as an international airport on May 23, 2000.
In the year 2010, a new terminal was specifically dedicated for international passengers and an 18ft tall statue of Sardar Patel was unveiled at the airport.
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