Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb paying tributes to Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur in Agartala on Monday Credit: Twitter

Agartala: Tripura government is planning to launch a bus service from the Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport in Agartala to Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, via the Feni river bridge, soon.

This was announced by chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb while addressing a meeting organised to mark the 111th birth anniversary of Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur at the state BJP headquarters in Agartala on Monday.

“Maharaja Bir Bikram was not just a King, but also a person who had a vision to work for all sections of people. He was the architect of modern Tripura,” Deb said.

People across the state observed the 111th birth anniversary of the 184th king of Tripura, who is widely credited as the architect of modern Tripura.

“Maharaja Bir Bikram was the man who developed Tripura at that time. For the development of the state he gave equal importance to all aspects and with proper planning he started the work and developed Tripura,” Deb added.

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Deb also said that the Maharaja always had maintained good relationship with people in the other kingdoms and used to invite experts like artists, architects, writers and businessmen, etc, from other countries. He, however, claimed that after 1972, when Tripura got statehood status, the practice was stopped.

During his recent visit to Agartala, Prime Minister Narendra Modi renamed Agartala Airport to Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport

“After the new BJP-IPFT government assumed office on March last year, the state government had taken a number of initiatives to develop the state and among them changing the name of Agartala Airport to Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport, which was a long-pending demand of the people of the state,” he said, adding: “The state government plans to start the bus service from MBB Airport to Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh via Feni river bridge, which is under construction, so that people can reach the beach along the town on the southeast coast of Bangladesh, which is Asia’s largest, within less time.”

“The government is also planning to plant trees on the both sides of the national highway to Feni bridge to make Tripura a green corridor. This is because our government wants to do something different to develop our state so that the tourism industry can get develop,” he added.

On the occasion, Tripura state Congress president Pradyot Kishore Manikya DebBarman inaugurated a photo exhibition on the life of Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya at Chandra Mahal in Agartala.

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