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Saturday, August 04, 2007

Tippu Sultan airport?

The new international airport which is under construction at Devanahalli is a hot topic of debate. Various appeals are being made to name the new airport after the tiger of Mysore, tippu sultan. The main reasons being that Devanahalli is the place where Tippu sultan was born. The area where the new airport is coming up was supposedly the property of Tippu Sultan.

As mysore becomes mysuru, the name becomes more important. The express train between Mysore and Bnaglore has been named after Tippu Sultan and is very popular as the tippu express. A letter campaign has been started to put forward the issue.

It is yet to be seen how the government responds to the request of naming the Mysore airport after Tippu Sultan. The other obvious alternatives are to name it after the Mysore maharjas, the wodyars or the great engineer Vishveshwaria. The Mysuru airport may be operational in the months or years to come. So we have ample amount of time to decide upon a name.

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