Manipur’s Legislative Assembly passed a bill to rename Imphal international airport after a local hero, freedom fighter Bir Tikendrajit
Without having much debate and discussion, the resolution was passed by the house of 60 legislators. Chief Minister (CM) Nongthombam Biren Singh moved it on Monday, the first day of the two-day assembly session.
Manipuri prince Koireng, popularly known as Bir Tikendrajit, was a nationalist who fought against colonial powers for independence. His father was Manipur’s King Chandrakriti and the commander of the army of the independent Kingdom of Manipur.
In 1891, he was hanged to death in Imphal for the activities against the British. Later onwards, the ground where he was hanged was named as Bir Tikendrajit Park.
Imphal airport is the second-largest and second busiest airport in the northeast after the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International airport in Guwahati.
The airport connects northeastern India with the country’s major cities such as Bengaluru, Delhi, Guwahati, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Mumbai. More than ten flights land at the airport from different destinations every day.
Recently, the Union Civil Aviation Ministry had approved the commencement of international flights between Imphal and Mandalay Township in northern Myanmar.