A high-level meeting was held on Thursday at the Secretariat under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Prof. (Dr.) Manik Saha on the current status of the process of launching international flight services in the Agartala-Chittagong route.
Transport Minister Sushants Chowdhury, Chief Secretary JK Sinha, Director General of State Police Amitabh Ranjan were present in the meeting.
The Chief Minister reviewed all the steps taken by the state government in view of starting international flight services on the Agartala-Chittagong route.
He said in the meeting, the State Cabinet has also given its nod to launch international flight services on the Agartala-Chittagong route, with the State Government taking initiatives to declare Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport as an international airport. DGP to appoint 17 security guards at the Bureau of Immigration at MBB Airport as per the request received from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.
The Chief Minister directed to take necessary initiatives. Besides, the Chief Minister directed the Secretary of the Home and Transport Department to take necessary measures as per the instructions of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The Chief Minister also directed the officials of the concerned departments to speedily complete all the processes for launching international flight services on the Agartala-Chittagong route.
In the meeting, Chief Secretary JK Sinha said that the State Transport Department has taken all efforts to start international air services from Agartala to Chittagong. The State Government has asked the Ministry of Civil Aviation to declare Maharaja Bir Vikram Airport as an international airport and arrange for international air services from Agartala to Chittagong. Requests are also made. The Ministry of Home Affairs was also requested to take necessary steps to declare Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport as an immigration check post.
The chief secretary informed the meeting that the issue of setting up immigration check post at MBB airport is currently under the consideration of the Ministry of Home Affairs.