The Karnataka Assembly has decided to rename four airports in the state after freedom fighters and literary icons.
The Hubballi airport will be named after Kranti Veera Sangolli Rayanna, a freedom fighter.
The Belagavi airport will be named after Kittur Rani Chennamma, a queen who fought against the British.
The Shivamogga airport will be named after Rashtrakavi Dr KV Puttappa (Kuvempu), a poet and scholar.
The Vjiayapura airport will be named after Sri Jagadjyoti Basaveshwara, a social reformer.
There is also a demand to name the Mangaluru airport after Veera Rani Abbakka, another queen who fought against the Portuguese.
The decision to rename the airports was taken at a state cabinet meeting on Wednesday. The new names will come into effect from April 1, 2024.
The renaming of the airports has been welcomed by many people in Karnataka. They say it is a fitting tribute to the state’s heroes and heroines.
However, some people have also criticized the decision, saying it is a waste of money and that the government should focus on more important issues.