Bangalore: Though Bangalore International Airport at Devanahalli could not be named after Tipu Sultan, the 18th century martyr who defended the Kingdom of Mysore against British colonialists, the Union Government plans to spend Rs. 6.25 crore to give a facelift to Devanahalli, the birthplace of Tipu. Union Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily, who represents Chikballapur Lok Sabha constituency (55 kms north of Bangalore) visited Devanahalli recently. He said Devanahalli will be developed as a tourist spot with its historic tank near the Devanahalli Fort equipped with boating, lighting and musical fountain.
Several Muslim organizations had pleaded that the Bangalore International airport should be named after the Sultan. However, the Union Government chose to go by the State Government recommendation to name it after Kempegowda, the 16th century founder of Bangalore.