March 10, 2010: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and the Punjab government are in disagreement over the name of the upcoming international airport at Mohali. Although the Punjab government recently named the airport "Mohali International Airport," the Haryana CM says that this name is not the one officially agreed upon by Punjab, Haryana and Union Civil Aviation Ministry.
Hooda issued a statement drawing attention to an MOU signed by the three parties in 2008 when the foundation ceremony for the new additions to Chandigarh airport took place. Chandigarh was chosen over Mohali as the name of the new facility in the MOU, which established an official partnership between Punjab, Haryana and Union Civil Aviation Ministry’s for the purposes of building the airport.
The MOU established the international airport as an equal undertaking by Punjab and Haryana, with each state providing 24.5% equity. The Airports Authority of India committed to give the remaining 51% equity. Under this agreement, Haryana has to date provided Rs.230 crore, half of which was devoted to land purchase.