Manik Saha in Agartala

Tripura chief minister Manik Saha remarked on the significant development in the communication system of Tripura, attributing it to the initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He announced efforts to commence international flight operations from MBB Airport in Agartala soon, during the unveiling ceremony of the 5-metre-tall bronze statue of Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur at MBB Airport.

“The Manikya dynasty has played a crucial role in the development of Tripura. Despite their significant contributions, proper recognition was not accorded to them in the past, but we are keen to extend our gratitude to kings,” Manik Saha said.

Since Narendra Modi assumed office as Prime Minister in 2014 and the BJP-led government came to power in 2018 in Tripura, the Maharajas of Tripura have been honoured and given due respect. The Airport has undergone modernization, and the Prime Minister named the Airport after Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya, he said.

Approximately Rs 35 lakh was spent on creating and installing the bronze statue of Maharaja Bir Bikram.

“In the 70s, none of us could have imagined that such a beautiful airport would be built in Tripura. This airport is now one of the most attractive in the North East. We take pride when people from outside compliment the beauty of our airport,” the chief minister pointed out.

Prime Minister’s commitment to the development of Tripura is evident through initiatives such as the Act East policy, aimed at fostering the growth of Northeastern states. For him, the communication system in the region is experiencing tremendous development.

Presently, around 32 flights take off daily from Agartala Airport, with approximately four thousand passengers coming and going. This level of connectivity was never anticipated,” said Saha.

“Everything is being addressed, from immigration to security arrangements, to facilitate the prompt initiation of international flight services. International services are expected to be launched soon. Thanks to the Prime Minister, Tripura is making progress in air connectivity, road connectivity, and rail connectivity,” he added.

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