Home Minister Arun Jaitley has made a statement regarding the ongoing Name Change Controversy of the domestic terminal of Shamshabad Airport. “We have seen some unnecessary controversies over this issue. I would like to confirm that NTR’s name will continue for Domestic Terminal of Hyderabad Airport. Both Rajiv and NTR are great leaders, better not to make an issue”, Jaitley said.
Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said that Union government only restored NTR’s name which was earlier for the Domestic Terminal of Begumpet Airport. Congress and TRS MLAs have staged protest over the issue for the last couple of days in Parliament. It is known that Telangana Assembly had passed a resolution opposing the name change.
The old Hyderabad airport at Begumpet used to have two terminals.The international one was named after Rajiv Gandhi and the domestic one after NTR. After Begumpet airport was closed for commercial traffic and a new airport at Shamshabad is opened, only Rajiv Gandhi’s name was given to both the terminals when YS Rajasekhar Reddy got to power in 2004.