AGARTALA, Sept 10 - Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport, formerly known as Agartala Airport, will be formally inaugurated with new interiors depicting key tourism spots of Tripura, before Durga puja, an official said here on Monday.
Modalities on how to increase runway length of the Airport, besides the renovation of the terminal building, hanger, etc., to bring the airport up to international standard was informed by Chairman of Airports Authority of India (AAI) Guruprasad Mahapatra when he called on Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb in Delhi on Sunday.
�A proposal for extension of runway will be sent to Tripura Government very shortly for its approval�, he said adding that AAI would repair and renovate Kailashahar airport in North district on priority basis and foundation stone laying programme will be held in December.
AAI will go for a joint venture with the State Government to convert Khowai airport land measuring 64 acres into a housing complex. It was also decided that to develop a heliport at Kamalpur, AAI will submit a proposal as early as possible.
Meanwhile, CMD of ONGC Shashi Shankar also met the CM in Delhi today and told him that the oil giant has stepped up its exploration drive in Tripura. As of now, six rigs are operating in the State which was only three few months ago. ONGC will donate Rs 81 crore to make Tripura Open Defecation Free (ODF) by December 31, 2018 under its CSR activities, he said.