Mumbai: Urban Development Minister Eknath Shinde announced on Thursday that the Navi Mumbai international airport will be named after Shiv Sena founder late Bal Thackeray, the father of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. The airport is expected to reduce the pressure on the Mumbai international airport. Referring to There were demands to name the new airport after late farmer leader DB Patil, Shinde said the CM has assured the DB Patil Action Samiti, that some other project would be named after the late leader of Peasants and Workers Party. The senior Shiv Sena leader said, “We have a lot of respect for DB Patil. The chief minister has requested the action committee to recommend any other project (to be named after Patil).”
Shinde added, “One meeting has taken place (with the committee) and one more will take place. A positive outcome is expected.” The Minister also said that the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) proposed that the airport be named after Bal Thackeray. CIDCO is the state-run planning agency that is executing the greenfield airport project.
On Thursday, hundreds of residents and project-affected people formed human chains in Raigad, Thane and Palghar districts in the state to press for their demand of naming the project after late Peasants and Workers’ Party (PWP) leader DB Patil.
The action committee formed to demand the airport be named after Patil, headed by Dashrath Patil, organised human chains. The people who took part in the human chain protests in different districts carried banners and placards and observed all COVID-19 norms.
Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also formed a human chain in Raigad district’s Alibaug town to press for its demand to give late DB Patil’s name to the project. The human chain was formed by the local BJP unit, from the Raigad district collectorate in Alibaug town, in which around 200 workers and leaders participated.
Earlier, on June 6, the CIDCO had asked the landowners, who come under the Navi Mumbai Airport Influenced Notified Area (NAINA), to submit consent letters as soon as possible to fast-track development plans in the area.
(With inputs from PTI)