Anil Vij’s Proposal to Name Ambala Airport after Goddess Amba
In a move that resonates with both heritage and devotion, Haryana’s Home Minister, Anil Vij, has proposed a significant change for the upcoming domestic airport in Ambala Cantonment. The minister suggests that the airport be named after the revered Goddess Amba, a decision that blends cultural reverence with a nod to regional history.
The airport, formally known as Civil Enclave, is situated on 20 acres of defense land adjacent to the Indian Air Force (IAF) station, approximately 50 km from Chandigarh’s Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport. Vij’s proposition to name it ‘Amba Airport Ambala Cantonment’ aligns with the roots of Ambala, a name derived from Goddess Amba herself. With the rich cultural legacy of Ambala, this proposal pays homage to the goddess and the region’s history.
This proposition reflects a sense of connectivity between the land, its history, and its aspirations. The ancient Ambika Mata Temple, dedicated to Goddess Amba, holds a prominent place in the region and bears testament to the enduring devotion of the people. It’s a reminder that while modernity advances, the heart of a place remains entrenched in its cultural and spiritual heritage.
In June, the defense ministry allocated 20 acres of defense land, marking a significant step forward. While the tender for the renovation of an abandoned building for use as a terminal faced delays, the Haryana Airports Development Authority (HADA) will now oversee the terminal’s development. The senior HADA official confirmed that bids for the terminal’s construction will open in the coming week.
Anil Vij’s proposal to name the Ambala Airport after Goddess Amba not only adds an emotional touch to the modern infrastructure but also reflects the region’s deep-rooted connection to its past. As the wheels of progress turn, this proposal serves as a reminder that honoring heritage and cultural identity can seamlessly intertwine with the future’s advancement. It is an embodiment of how a name can bridge history and contemporary aspirations, uniting both locals and visitors in their journey through Ambala.