Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today played a safe card by not committing on the venue for the next edition of Aero India, but only said that it had not been finalized yet and that many places from across the country had requested the Ministry of Defence to consider them as a venue.
Since 1996 Benguluru continuing to be the venue for the hugely popular air show. However, she did not rule out a change of venue but did not commit to keeping the air show in Bengaluru.
Earlier Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy expressed concern over the reports that the Ministry of Defence was considering moving the air show to the Bakshi Ka Talab air force base in Lucknow. He said that the State Government had requested MoD to continue Aero India in Bengaluru.
Hinting out that her ministry is actively considering to shift the venue, she said that it’s just like the Defence Expo that was held for ten years continuously in Delhi and then once in Goa and later in Chennai. In a joint press meet with Chief Minister, she said she had instructed her ministry to allow construction works in 10 civic infrastructure projects on defence land in Bengaluru.