Mumbai: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport has a new name. From now on, Mumbai Airport will be known as Chhatrapati Shivaji ‘Maharaj’ International Airport. The renaming comes nearly two years after a resolution was passed in Maharashtra Assembly. Also Read - Coronavirus in Maharashtra: 11 CISF Jawans Posted at Mumbai Airport Test Positive For COVID-19
Confirming the development, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted, “Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is now Chhatrapati Shivaji ‘Maharaj’ International Airport. Congratulations to the people of Maharashtra, the long pending demand is now fulfilled. I thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji for the concern towards the sentiments of the people of Maharashtra.” Also Read - Mumbai Airport to Go Plastic-Free from October 2, 1st Time Offenders to Be Fined Rs 5000
The move comes approximately a year after the rechristening of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus.
The decision to insert the word Maharaj in the names of Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus was taken by the Maharashtra government in December 2016. The request to add the word ‘Maharaj’ was made by Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) MP Sambhaji Raje Chhatrapati, who felt that more respect must be given to the great Maratha warrior king. Sambhaji Raje is the 13th descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji.
Mumbai airport was formerly known as Sahar International Airport and was renamed as Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in 1999.