A post is being shared on social media claiming that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Airport in Ahmedabad has been renamed as Adani Airport.
“अहमदाबाद एयरपोर्ट का नाम— सरदार वल्लभभाई पटेल से अडानी एयरपोर्ट हुआ..!” the Facebook post claimed.
(Translation: Ahmedabad airport has been renamed from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel to Adani Airport)
Here’s the link to the above post.
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NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the claim to be misleading.
We started our search by checking the official website of the Airport Authority of India (AAI) and found that the name mentioned on the official site is still ‘Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport’.
We then ran a keyword search and found that a tweet by AAI dated November 7, 2020, stated that the operations of Ahmedabad Airport were being handed over to the Adani Group.
“On 6th Nov’20 at 00:00 midnight, #AAI’s senior officials exchanged Memorandum & handed over Ahmedabad @ahmairport to @AdaniOnline. Sh A.K Verma, APD, AMD exchanged symbolic key in accordance with concession agreement & future development, ” the tweet read.
On 6th Nov’20 at 00:00 midnight, #AAI‘s senior officials exchanged Memorandum & handed over Ahmedabad @ahmairport to @AdaniOnline. Sh A.K Verma, APD, AMD exchanged symbolic key in accordance with concession agreement & future development. pic.twitter.com/vKECyC6u49
— Airports Authority of India (@AAI_Official) November 7, 2020
We also found multiple articles dated November 7, stating that the Adani Group has taken over Ahmedabad Airport operations. The reports also mentioned that operations, management and development of the airport will now be handled by the Adani Group for a period of 50 years.
Moreover, we also found that Adani Group took over operations of Mangalore Airport on October 30 and Lucknow Airport on November 2. The reports can be seen here and here.
We also checked the official website of the Adani group and found that they have six airports under them.
PIB Gujrat also called out the misleading post and said that the name of the airport is also mentioned on the other side of the billboard in the viral picture.
સમાચાર: એક ટ્વીટર યુઝરે ટ્વીટ કરીને કહ્યું કે અમદાવાદ એરપોર્ટ પર સરદાર વલ્લભભાઈ પટેલ ઇન્ટરનેશનલ એરપોર્ટની જગ્યાએ અદાણીનું બોર્ડ લાગ્યું.#PIBFactCheck : આ સમાચાર #Fake છે, બોર્ડની એક તરફ સરદાર વલ્લભભાઈ પટેલનું નામ અને બીજુ બાજુ અમદાવાદમાં આપનું સ્વાગત છે તેવું લખાણ છે. pic.twitter.com/aAsZsWnLMK
— PIB in Gujarat (@PIBAhmedabad) December 12, 2020
Hence, from the above fact check, it is clear that the post in circulation is false and misleading.
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