Guwahati News Desk: Chief Minister of Assam Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma has carried that the name of Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport will not be renamed after Adani Group taking charges on it.
The important statement was made by Assam CM on Wednesday after lots of confusion was on the people of Assam as CM said, “The current LGBI Airport name will not be changed till I serve as the Chief Minister and till Narendra Modi served as the Prime Minister.”
Adani Group was given an advertisement in the newspaper mentioning Adani Guwahati International Airport which has gone viral in social media as trending over the changes of LGBI Airport to Adani Guwahati International Airport.
Earlier, it went viral that the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport has now been named Adani Guwahati International Airport as Adani Group is set to take out the Guwahati International Airport in Guwahati City after a print media advertisement went viral in social media.
The current Guwahati Airport has been named after the first Chief Minister of Assam Bharat Ratna Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi.
The Adani Group has begun its observation period at the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati as the airport was taken by the Adani Group to develop and modernize with world-class facilities as Guwahati Airport is the biggest airport in northeast India.
Currently the Guwahati Airport in operated by the Airport Authority of India (AAI) and also serves the Indian Air Force (IAF) which is currently situated in the Borjhar but after when the Adani Group will charge of the airport the air traffic control and the security system will be operated by AAI itself.
According to the sources, a nine-member team of Adani Airport Holding Ltd (AAHL) led by Chief Airport Officer Utpal Baruah formally started its observation period and is likely to take over the charge in October, said the Airport Authority of India (AAI).
Earlier in the year 2018, the central government leased out six airports i.e. Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Guwahati, Jaipur, Mangaluru, and Thiruvananthapuram. The decision was taken to enhance revenue and to provide job opportunities and also upgrade the airport into modernization.
The central government was provided the Guwahati Airport on a lease basis for a period of 50 years. The largest airport of northeast India will be fully privatized by October 2021 as the construction of the new international airport is going on.
For the operation of the new Adani airport, a veteran in the aviation industry from Assam Utpal Baruah was appointed as Chief Airport Officer by the Adani Airport Holding Ltd (AAHL), he is looking after the observation operation before taking over the final charges of the LGBI Airport.
During the observation period, the Adani Group will start working with the staff of the AAI to get to know about the ongoing tasks and duties, and operations before taking over the charges.