AP Assembly changes airports names

Dara Gopi

Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh Legislative had recommended the change of names for the two airports in the State. A resolution was passed in the Council on Tuesday.

The Gannavaram airport would be named after late N T Rama Rao, while the Tirupati airport would be named after Lord Venkateswara. The State government had proposed the names, N T Rama Rao Amaravati Airport for Gannavaram and Sri Venkateswara airport for Tirupati. The proposals were accepted in the Council unopposed, which would be later introduced in the Assembly and sent to the Union government.

The politburo of the Telugu Desam Party had earlier recommended the two names at its meeting early this month.

The TDP wanted to name the Hyderabad airport after its founder N T Rama Rao. However, the Congress government in 2005 had named the international terminal after late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Though the TDP opposed naming the airport after Rajiv Gandhi, it had fought the battles to get it renamed after N T Rama Rao in vain.

In 2014, after the TDP had come to power in the State, it had prevailed on the Central government and secured clearance and named the domestic terminal after N T Rama Rao. Now, with its own government in power, the TDP had recommended N T Rama Rao’s name for the Gannavaram airport, which the Central government had to clear.

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