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PM Modi unveils statue of Tripura's last Maharaja

IANS  |  Agartala 

on Saturday unveiled a statue of Tripura's last ruler, Maharaja Kishore Manikya (reigned 1923-47), at the airport which was renamed after him in July last year.

Reaching here from Guwahati, Modi unveiled the 7.5-foot-high, fibre glass statue, designed and built by the faculty and students of government's at a cost of Rs 5 lakh.

An release said that unveiling of the late Maharaja's statue is in line with the Union government's policy of honouring the unsung heroes of India, who have contributed greatly to nation building.

It said the renamed the airport after Kishore Manikya in the wake of a long-pending demand of the people of as well as the to pay tribute to the last ruler of the erstwhile princely state.

It was in 1942 that the Maharaja constructed the airport, which played a crucial role in the Second World War.

The Agartala airport, earlier known as and is located 20 km north of the capital along the border, is the second busiest in northeastern and provides crucial air connectivity in the region linking Kolkata and other major airports in the country.

The Airports Authority of has undertaken a Rs 438-crore project to upgrade the airport to international standards by providing world-class facilities, a top AAI said on Saturday.

The princely state of Tripura, which was ruled by 184 kings for several hundred years, merged with the Indian union in October 1949.

Widely regarded as the creator of modern Tripura, the last ruler is also credited with planning of Agartala city.

--IANS

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First Published: Sat, February 09 2019. 16:46 IST
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