Name controversy hits Chandigarh International Airport

18227917006_a55104f2f3_mOn the 11th of September 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the international terminal of one the largest airports of Northern India. Although the airport is a technological triumph, it included onomastic hitch: the festivities were conducted without a final decision on the new terminal’s name.

According to an article in the Daily Mail, the Punjab government lobbied for the name Shaheed-E-Azam Sardar Bhagat Singh International Airport Mohali-Chandigarh. However, the Haryana government complained that the Punjabi suggestion was far too long and complicated. Covering over 305 acres of land, the 53,000 square meter terminal is due to open for business on or about the 19th of October 2015. In the meantime, the airport remains unnamed.