Sonia Gandhi inaugurated Hyderabad’s swanky, new international airport named after late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi at Shamshabad, about 30 kms from Hyderabad’s central business district.
Gandhi on that day -March 14, 2008-said that air travel was no longer elitist and the entry of private airlines had virtually opened up the skies.
In a brief speech, she recalled her late husband’s association with Hyderabad. “Today is indeed a momentous occasion for people of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh and the country,” she said and pointed out that she was normally averse to attending functions to lay foundation stones and preferred to be present at commissioning ceremonies.
Gandhi, who had laid the foundation for the new airport at Shamshabad — on March 16, 2005 — said that she had made an exception in the case of this airport “as it is located in the then Andhra Pradesh, a state with which my family has such a close relationship and considering that Hyderabad was the city where my husband had undergone his advanced training as a pilot. I am sure that Rajiv Gandhi would have been not only happy but also proud to see what has been achieved here in such a short time.”
Did you get it Revanth??