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Navi Mumbai airport to be named after Bal Thackeray; Residents and Opposition hold protest

The City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), the nodal agency implementing the project had earlier passed a resolution to name the project after Bal Thackeray, said Urban development minister Eknath Shinde.

Navi Mumbai airport to be named after Bal Thackeray; Residents and Opposition hold protest
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The Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government has decided to name the upcoming Navi Mumbai International Airport after Shiv Sena founder late Balasaheb Thackeray.

The City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), the nodal agency implementing the project, had earlier passed a resolution to name the project after Bal Thackeray, said Urban development minister Eknath Shinde.

The opposition, project-affected people and some residents of Navi Mumbai have been demanding the airport to be named after the late Peasant and Workers Party (PWP) leader and former MP DB Patil.

Besides, local leaders from Navi Mumbai held a human chain protest on June 10 to put pressure on the state government to name the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMAI) after project affected persons (PAPs) leader late DB Patil. All-Party Action Committee (APAC) that conducted the human chain claimed that over 40,000 villagers from Raigad, Thane, Palghar and Navi Mumbai formed the human chain.

The APAC claimed that villagers formed a 12 km long human chain from Ambedkar chowk to the CIDCO office in Belapur. They kept sloganeering that the name of the airport should be after Late D B Patil.

The APAC says that the state government should understand the emotions of villagers and name the airport after late D B Patil.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) formed a human chain on Thursday, June 10, in Alibaug to press for the demand. Moreover, Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi leader Prakash Ambedkar too had demanded to honour DB Patil by giving his name to the project.

Reacting to this, Shinde said that the party respects DB Patil and the government will consider naming any other key project from Navi Mumbai after the PWP leader.

The state government has already named Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Expressway after Thackeray. Moreover, the Mumbai airport is named after Maratha warrior king Shivaji Maharaj.

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