Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval to rename the Agartala airport in Tripura as Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore Airport, Agartala.
“A meeting of the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gave its approval to rename the Agartala Airport as Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore Airport, Agartala,” an official statement said.
The statement added people of Tripura and the state government had for long been demanding that the airport be renamed after Maharaja Bir Bikram as a tribute to the Maharaja.
“There was a long-pending demand of the people of Tripura as well as the Tripura government for paying tribute to the maharaja. The maharaja, who ascended the throne of the erstwhile Tripura princely state in 1923, was an enlightened and benevolent ruler,” the statement added.
The airport, constructed in 1942 on the land donated by the maharaja, is the second busiest airport in the Northeast and provides crucial air connectivity to Tripura.
(With inputs from agencies)