PM Inaugurates Development Works at Tripura
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the development works at Tripura during his visit. The development projects inaugurated were:
- A 23.32-km railway track in southern Tripura. This 23 Km Garjee-Belonia section is built at a cost of Rs 400 crore and is part of the Rs 3,407-crore Agartala-Sabroom (115 km) national railway project aiming to link southern Tripura’s last border town (Sabroom).
- This new railway line would facilitate the carriage of goods and passengers from the northeastern states on the Bangladeshi railway network.
- New complex of Tripura Institute of Technology (TIT) at Narsingarh. The new complex was built at a cost of Rs 103 crore. The cost was shared by the state and the Central government.
- Unveiled a statue of Tripura’s last ruler, Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya at the Agartala airport.
Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya
Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya (reigned 1923-47) is considered as the father of modern architecture in Tripura, as the entire planning of present-day Tripura was initiated during his rule including planning of the capital city of Tripura, Agartala.
In 1939, the Maharaja reserved land for the local Tripura tribals, which was later instrumental in the creation of the Tripura autonomous district council.
He is also credited for the construction of the first airport at Agartala in Tripura, which is today the second busiest airport in the entire northeast.
The statue of the Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya is designed and built by the faculty and students of Tripura government’s Art and Craft College at a cost of Rs 5 lakh.
The statue was unveiled as part of the efforts of the union government policy of honouring the unsung heroes of India, who have contributed greatly to nation-building.