GUWAHATI: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval to rename the Agartala airport in Tripura as ‘Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore Airport, after the last princely ruler of Tripura. This was one of the promises the BJP had made before the assembly election last February.
This was also one of the decisions taken at the first meeting of the council of ministers of the BJP-led alliance government in the state.
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 northeast and provides crucial air connectivity to Tripura. Hence, it is apt to rename the Agartala Airport after his name, which will be a befitting tribute to Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore.