Agartala airport may receive international status under Look East policy

Agartala: It is being sought that the status of Agartala airport be elevated to that of an international one, keeping in mind the increased engagement of the country’s northeast region with South-east Asia as envisaged under the country’s Look East policy. India already operates about 100 flights to Thailand a week, and the number may be increased.

Acting on behalf of the northeastern States, Tripura chief minister, Manik Sarkar, has forwarded proposals to the Centre aimed at improving regional trade and communications with Southeast Asia.

In discussions between foreign minister Pranab Mukherjee and chief ministers from the North-eastern States in New Delhi, regarding implementation of the country’s Look East policy, Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar stressed at arriving at an understanding with Bangladesh in view of the country''s strategic location and resource potential.

Sarkar hoped that New Delhi would be able to persuade Dhaka to allow the landlocked Northeast to benefit from the Chittagong port for transhipment of material. He also said that the Ashuganj river port near Brahmanbaria should be declared a “port of call”.