Name new international air terminal at Sahar Airport after JRD Tata: Trust

PTI Posted online: Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 0000 hrs
Mumbai : JRD Tata Trust has appealed to the government to name the newly-inaugurated international terminal at Sahar Airport here after Bharat Ratna JRD Tata in recognition of his pioneering contributions to Indian aviation.

In a letter to Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh, the trust has lauded his ministry's role for "consistent" policy guidelines which have provided world class infrastructure to spur growth in the domestic aviation space.

"At the time of commissioning of this wonderful T2, we from JRD Tata Trust make a sincere and fervent appeal to you for naming the terminal as JRD Tata Terminal," Trust Chairman Capt D S Mathur said.

He said such a decision "will be in recognition of JRD Tata's towering contribution to the economic development of the country and in particular his significant role in the civil aviation, where he is called the 'Father of Indian Aviation'," he said in the letter.

JRD Tata, who had founded India's first commercial airline Tata Airlines in 1932 (now national carrier Air India), had made a solo flight to England from India in 1930.

Observing that the government's increased push to the aviation sector has resulted in some of the country's airports becoming "truly of the international standards", Mathur said, "global travellers are now witnessing sea change in all our major international airports and service standards have reached a very high level."

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had last week dedicated the swanky T2 (terminal-2) to the nation. Built up at a whopping cost of Rs 9,800 crore, the four-storey glass marvel, whose design has been inspired by a dancing peacock, will become operational from February.