Tripura’s Agartala Airport To Operate Flights To Bangkok And Major Cities In Bangladesh

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by Drishti
by Drishti 2080

After Guwahati, Tripura airport is the second busiest in the northwestern region of India. The Airports Authority of India announced that Agartala’s Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport will be operating flights to Bangkok through Guwahati, and cities in Bangladesh such as Chittagong and Dhaka in the future. This means that the MBB airport is the third international airport in the northeast after the Guwahati airport in Assam and the Imphal Airport.

We have all marvelled at the beauty of northeastern states for their picturesque hills and lakes. Now, we have another reason to shower them with all the more love. Tripura’s Agartala is the Top Smart City in Northeast India, as per a review of the Smart Cities project by the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry Secretary. Read on to know more:

Agartala Declared As The Top Smart City In Northeast India

In July, Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry Secretary reviewed the progress made by cities under the Smart Cities Mission in India. Within the north-eastern region, Agartala has topped the list of 10 smart cities. The national ranking of Tripura’s capital has gone up from 74 to 56. The rankings of other North-eastern smart cities are as follows: Namchi, Sikkim (59); Aizwal, Mizoram (75); Kohima, Nagaland (79); Gangtok, Sikkim (80); Guwahati, Assam (83); Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh (89); Shillong, Meghalaya (92); Imphal, Manipur (93); and Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh (98). Meanwhile, the Chief Minister of Tripura, Biplab Kumar Deb also took to Twitter on July 27 to share the news.

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The Smart Cities Mission

The Smart Cities Mission is an initiative taken by the government of India to make selected cities sustainable and citizen-friendly. It started by narrowing down 100 cities that could be transformed into smart cities. According to smartcities.gov.in, features of smart cities include promoting mixed land use in area-based developments, housing and inclusiveness, and giving an identity to the city. The government allocates funds to help these cities achieve their goals. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has allocated ₹49 crores in July 2020 to fasten developmental work in Agartala Smart City. Meanwhile, did you know Sikkim is one of the safest travel destinations for 2020?

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Picture Credits: https://agartalasmartcity.tripura.gov.in/

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A Smart Citizen From The State Of Smart City

A place is heartily characterised by the people that live in it. Living true to its ambitions, a man from Agartala designed a unique motorbike, keeping the current need for social distancing in mind. Partha Saha built a vehicle that has a one-metre gap between the seats of the rider and passenger. The bike runs on a battery and has a top speed of 40 km/hr. Meanwhile, here’s what the CM of Meghalaya has to say on normalcy returning to the state:

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The northeastern states have now started witnessing an increased number of coronavirus cases. Among these, the state of Tripura has recorded 41 deaths so far.

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