MUMBAI: Maharashtra Cabinet approved the renaming of Shirdi Greenfield International airport as Sri Saibaba International airport on August 23.
With the cabinet nod in place, the proposal will now be sent to Union Civil Aviation Ministry once both the Houses of state legislature approves the renaming, reports PTI.
“In October, it will be 100 years since Saibaba took samadhi. Keeping the large footfall of devotees in mind, preparations are on in full swing to ensure the airport starts operations at the earliest,” the CMO (Chief Ministers Office) said in a communication.
The airport was built by the Maharashtra Airport Development Corporation (MADC) to cater to the large number of devotees visiting the Saibaba shrine.
Meanwhile, in a related development, the Maharashtra State Security Corporation (MSSC) has decided to provide its security to the popular shrine, in view of the large number of devotees.
“In our security review meeting, we found that the Saibaba temple is in the need of higher security considering the large footfall of devotees there. We thus had a meeting with members of the Shirdi Sai Sansthan Trust to finalise the intricacies,” a senior Home department official told PTI.