PM Modi opens integrated terminal at Agartala airport, recalls ‘Hira’ model


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated the integrated terminal at Maharaja Bir Bikram (MBB) Airport in Tripura’s capital, Agartala, as he arrived in the city from Imphal, the capital of the neighboring Manipur, where he inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of a total of 22 developmental projects.

PM Modi also launched two key initiatives on the occasion: Mukhyamantri Tripura Gram Samriddhi Yojana and Project 100 Mission of Vidyajyoti Schools.

Afterwards, addressing a gathering, the Prime Minister recalled his ‘Hira’ model of development for the northeastern state. “H for highway, I for internet way, R for railways and A for airways. With this new model, Tripura is today improving and increasing its connectivity,” he remarked.

PM Modi first pitched ‘Hira’ model for Tripura in February 2018, ahead of that year’s assembly elections in the state. His Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the subsequent polls to form its maiden government here, with Biplab Deb taking oath as chief minister.

Praising Deb and the BJP government, he credited the ‘double engine’ government, i.e. the same ruling party at the Centre and in state, with improving Tripura’s connectivity with the rest of the country. 

“There is no match for double government. Double engine government means proper use of resources, it means sensitivity, and it means boosting people’s ability. Double engine government means people’s service, it means fulfillment of resolutions, and it also means united effort for prosperity,” he explained.

Meanwhile, besides PM Modi and chief minister Deb,  the inauguration ceremony was also attended by Union civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, Tripura deputy CM Jishnu Deb Barman, among others.


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