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Bengaluru International Airport Renamed as Kempegowda International Airport

July 19th, 2013

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  • On 18th July 2013, the Union Government approved the long pending proposal of Government of Karnataka to rename the Bengaluru International airport after Kempe Gowda I, the founder of Bangalore.
  • It is to be noted that on 27th February 2009, the Government of Karnataka forwarded the proposal to the central government to rename the airport after the city’s founder.
  • The Karnataka arm of the Indian National Congress had also sent a letter to the central government requesting that the airport be renamed to Kempe Gowda International Airport.
  • The Karnataka Legislative Assembly passed a unanimous resolution on December 10, 2012 and the Legislative Council also passed a similar resolution two days later to rename Bengaluru International Airport as “Kempegowda International Airport”.
  • The approval for carrying out the name change has come just at the right time as the city is celebrating 502nd birth anniversary of its founder.
  • The decision brings to an end a controversy over whose name should be given to the airport.
  • Several organisations had urged that instead of Kempe Gowda, it should be named after social reformer Basaveshwara, while many others wanted it to be named after Sir M. Visvesvaraya.
  • There were also demands for naming the airport after Tipu Sultan on the ground that the ruler was born at Devanahalli, where the airport is located.

Other Important Facts

  • The Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) is the premiere Greenfield Airport in South India.
  • The airport is located 4 kilometres south of Devanahalli and is 40 kilometres from the central business district of Bangalore, and covers 5,130 acres.
  • It was commissioned and became operational on 24th May, 2008.
  • It is owned and operated by Bengaluru International Airport Pvt. Limited (BIAL) in which KSSIDC (an entity of the Government of Karnataka), the Airports Authority of India, GVK Group, Siemens and Zurich Airport are shareholders.
  • For the financial year 2011–12, it was the fourth busiest airport in the country in terms of overall passenger traffic of 12.69 million and fifth busiest in terms of international passenger traffic.
  • Hiriya Kempe Gowda well known as Kempe Gowda I was a ruler under the Vijayanagar Empire, who ruled most parts of Karnataka during the sixteenth century.
  • Kempe Gowda is believed to have founded Bangalore about 500 years back.
  • Kempegowda built Bengaluru Fort and moved his capital from Yelahanka to the new Bengaluru.

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