Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb sought support of the central government for improving the quality and quantity of flights, introducing charter flight service,
cargo carriers along with ground infrastructure like cold storage, night landing facilities in the
Mr Deb said here today that he has presented a 23 –point vision of his government in the
maiden meeting of NITI Forum yesterday and requested the minister of Prime Minister's
Office (PMO) and Minister for DoNER Dr Jitendra Singh to extend full support for taking off
the state's economy.
Besides, making Agartala airport as an international one, the state government wants to
develop it as a hub for the travelers of Dhaka, Syllet and Chittagong of Bangladesh, Taiwan, Hongkong, Bangkok and other South East Asian countries, he stated.
"There is a need to improve cargo handling capacity in Agartala airport to support the
growing food processing industry, value addition of bamboo, horticultural produces and
tourism industry in Tripura along with development of workforces," Deb pointed out.
He demanded to install Gateway GPRS Support Node (GGSN) and Serving GPRS
Support Node (SGSN) to facilitate the movement of mobile data routed through Agartala,
as the central government dedicated 3rd international internet gateway after Chennai and
Mumbai here in 2016 extending 10 Gbps internet bandwidth from Coxbazar of Bangladesh.
At present it is catering only international internet traffic of Tripura as well as of other
Northeastern states. To make this bandwidth available for domestic internet traffic installation
of GPRS node is essential; Mr Deb mentioned seeking time bound action from the Centre
to make the internet gateway in full use.
The ongoing Asian highway, which would be connecting Phuentsholing in Bhutan to Indo-Bangladesh border at Changrabandha in Cooch Behar of West Bengal via Dooars
shall further boost trade in South East Asian countries when connects Tripura under
Bangladesh Bhutan India Nepal (BBIN) network, Mr Deb apprised.
He further stated that East West Corridor is required to be connected in Tripura to boost
trade and commerce in Northeast region.
Connecting Northeast with Trans Asian Railways (TAR) with Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore and other countries will boost trade and tourism in Northeast. Tripura has
proposed 257 km long rail connectivity from Jawaharnagar (Dhalai of Tripura) to Darlwan
(Mizoram) to Kalay in Myanmar will bring change in regional integration and prosperity,
Mr Deb added.
"We need to take up the issue of waterways connectivity between Maharani of South
Tripura and Dudkandi of Bangladesh, so that trade development in both the countries will
get boost. But it needs some investment for improvement of navigation of river in India.
Besides, early opening of bridge over River Feni – connecting Tripura with Chittagong sea
port, we asked for allow us to use Mongla river port of Bangladesh," the Chief Minister