On July 6, the contentious proposals to rename Aurangabad and Osmanabad as well as the forthcoming Navi Mumbai International Airport were accepted by the Maharashtra cabinet, which is chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. In accordance with the requests of many people and political groups, Aurangabad and Osmanabad shall be rechristened as “Sambhajinagar” and “Dharashiv,” respectively.
New international airport constructed by Adani group
Instead of the late Shiv Sena founder, the late Balasaheb Thackeray, as was originally planned, the Navi Mumbai International Airport, which is currently being built by the Adani Group in neighbouring Raigad to decongest Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai, will now bear the name of Dinkar Balu Patil, a prominent leader of the coastal Konkan belt.
These major decisions among several others came at what is billed as the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government’s ‘final cabinet’ meeting, with all ministers of the Shiv Sena Nationalist Congress Party-Congress alliance present.
Renaming of Aurangabad was among the crucial demands
The renaming of Aurangabad was among the crucial demands of the group of rebels who left Maharashtra late on June 20 putting the MVA government in a limbo and now the stage is set for a critical floor test to prove its majority on July 7.
Meanwhile, Thackeray thanked all his cabinet colleagues and officials for their cooperation in the past two and half years as all eyes were riveted to the ongoing Supreme Court hearing that could have a bearing on the MVA’s future.