Come up with policy to name/ rename airports: Bombay HC to Jyotiraditya Scindia

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Jyotiraditya Scindia, the newly-sworn-in Union Civil Aviation Minister, has been ‘assigned his first task” by the Bombay High Court: Formulate a new nationwide policy for the naming and renaming of airports.

“If there is a new policy still in the draft stage, get it done now. You have a new set of ministers now. Let this be the work of the new aviation ministry. It should be the first task of the new aviation minister,” the Bombay High Court told Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, according to PTI.

The comments from a bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni, which was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by lawyer Filji Frederick seeking such directions, PTI reported.

“We would like to know the present position of draft policy…we took the state government to task last month as there was a gathering violating COVID-19 protocols with nearly 25,000 people. Why should we allow this?” the HC said.

The court was referring to a June 24 gathering, demanding that the upcoming airport in Navi Mumbai be named after the late parliamentarian DB Patil who fought for the rights of the project-affected people, the PTI report said.

It involved people from the local agricultural and fishing communities, along with some politicians.

Last month, the Maharashtra government and state-run town planning agency City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) had said that the airport will be named after Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray.

The High Court today said that a draft policy had been formulated in 2016 to name airports after cities and not individuals. However, the current status of such policy was not known, it said, according to PTI.

The court posted Mr Frederick’s PIL for further hearing on July 16.

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