However, the Twipra Students' Federation (TSF) do seem very satisfied with this move. Speaking to TNT- The Northeast Today, TSF General Secretary Sunil Debbarma said, "We are not fully satisfied with this move of the Central government although we appreciate it. The airport has been named Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore Bahadur. His surname 'Debbarma' is not included in the name. We will raise our voice in this regard soon".
The Agartala Airport was constructed in 1942 on a plot of land donated by Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya. A visionary ruler who traveled extensively across the globe, he took several steps for the overall development of Tripura. It was due to his initiative that an aerodrome at Agartala was constructed which in due course evolved into the second busiest airport of Northeast India.
Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya is considered as the father of modern architecture of Tripura. The entire planning of the present-day state was initiated during his rule. The kingdom of Tripura was merged with India following the country's independence.