A place becomes famous on its own
A city gets its tag when it’s known
Places are places because of their identity
They don’t require anything other than their individuality
– Maxwell Fry
A famous British journalist once asked, ‘Did India become great because of Gandhi or Gandhi became great because of India?’ To paraphrase his question: ‘Does Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi become significant because of the Pin Code 110037 or is it other way round?’
An airport, that too an airport in the capital of the country, has its independent significance that’s free of peripheral additions like Pin Code, however important it (Pin Code) may be. IGIA in Delhi is independently so important that it needs nothing else to support or buttress its enviable status. At least on this count, Pin Code 110037 takes a back seat, though it may be said that Delhi-37 comes to be known for the International Airport.
Does Windsor Palace in London need any other landmark or identity stamp for its existence? Does Oxford University require an extra identity for its presence? Does White House need some other landmark as well to underline its position? Does Howrah require a separate Pin Code or does it need to tie itself to the apron strings of Calcutta (ooph, Kolkata!)? The stand alone places are enough to stand on their own. The same applies to Delhi Airport for which 110037 gets relegated to a mere number on the list of Pin Codes in Delhi.
Just for official formality, this Pin Code does exist, otherwise there was a proposal in 2007 to do away 110037 as a Pin Code of Delhi Airport. That has not been done so far for reasons best known to the officials and the existing system.
IG is easily the very best international airport in the country. Those who’ve gone abroad and seen JFK airport in New York, Tokyo International Airport, Heathrow (London), Getwick (London), Dubai International Airport, to name but a few, will concede that IG is on a par with the top-notch airports on all counts.
The structural grandeur, sprawling set-up and mind-blowing facilities coupled with the connectivity make it India’s best airport if not the best in the world. It’s one of the very best airports in the world and the very mention of Delhi-37 conjures up the grand images of this superlative airport.
Moreover, being capital’s capital airport, the Aviation Ministry sees to it that it keeps getting improved and its facilities should remain world class. After all, an international airport mirrors the image of the country and when it happens to be situated in the capital of the country, it has to be very best from all international standards and parameters. And Delhi’s IG has proven this. Just think, when it was Palam airport until a few decades ago, Palam village on the outskirts of Delhi was known because of the airport.
Today, it’s still there but the new get-up has given IG its own identity and that’s free of the frills of Palam village and vice versa.
These are ample examples of a city’s landmark, growing and becoming famous on its own sans any other supportive crutches.
Today, IG stands on its own feet and though, Pin Code-37 lends a helping hand, it gets redundant on many occasions and counts.