Agartala Airport in Tripura has been renamed as Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore Airport.
The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday gave its approval to rename the Agartala Airport in Tripura as Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore Airport.
The decision comes in the wake of the long pending demand of people of Tripura as well as the Tripura Government for paying tribute to Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore.
Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore, who ascended the throne of the erstwhile Tripura Princely State in 1923, was an enlightened and benevolent ruler. Agartala Airport was constructed in 1942 on the land donated by Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore.
As a visionary ruler, who had travelled extensively across the globe, he took several steps for the all-round development of Tripura. Due to his initiative, an aerodrome at Agartala was constructed that has evolved as the second busiest airport in the North East and provides crucial air connectivity to Tripura.
An elated Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb tweeted, “On behalf of 37 lakh people of #Tripura, I extend my deepest gratitude to the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi ji for taking this landmark decision in the interest of the people of our beloved state.”
“Congratulations to the people of Tripura! Their long pending demand was fulfilled today,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.