Bangalore: Civil Aviation Ministry has accepted
a proposal to name Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) here
after founder of this garden city Kempegowda.
Civil Avitaion Minister Ajit Singh has informed External
Affairs Minister S M Krishna that the proposal to name BIA
after Kempegowda, has been accepted by the ministry.
Krishna had sent a proposal to Civil Aviation ministry
that the BIA be named as Kempegowda International Airport.
Sources close to Krishna told PTI here that Singh has
informed that the proposal will be brought before the next
Union Cabinet for approval.
Earlier similar demands were made soon after the airport
become operational and there were suggestions that it be named
after 12th century social reformer Basaveswara.
However, the Centre decided to retain the first green
field airport built in joint venture in the city as Bengaluru
The Congress-JDS government proposal to rename 10 cities
including Bangalore as Bengaluru, Hubli as Hubballi and
Belgaum as Belagavi has not got the Centre`s nod so far.