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Saturday September 03, 2011 07:45:40 PM, Pervez Bari,

Bhopal: A new chapter is going to be added to the tourism development sector of Madhya Pradesh. Air taxi service is going to be launched for the first time in the state.


The air taxi service will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at 10 am on September 7 at Bhopal's Raja Bhoj Airport. With the launch of this air service, Madhya Pradesh will become the first state to offer air taxi services.


In the first phase, this air service will be between Bhopal-Indore, Bhopal-Gwalior, Bhopal-Jabalpur, Indore-Gwalior and Indore-Jabalpur. Air taxis will fly between these cities in the morning and evening.


In the second phase, there will be daily flights between Gwalior-Jabalpur through which some more tourist destinations will be linked. These include Satna, Khajuraho, Pachmarhi, Vallabhgarh and Kanha.


Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation has carved out its distinctive image in the country for tourist facilities. The air taxi service is being launched for the first time in the state as per the wish of Chief Minister Chouhan to promote tourism in the state through water, terrestrial and air routes. After introduction of this service, the passengers travelling between cities of Madhya Pradesh to accomplish essential works will be able to return to their destination the same day after completing their works.


Similarly, tourists will be able to reach various religious and tourist places near Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior and Jabalpur quickly through this air service. Tourism activities can be promoted further at places like, Pench and Kanha-Kisli and Bandhavgarh National Parks near Jabalpur.


Likewise, one will be able to reach Mahakaleshwar (Ujjain) and Omkareshwar religious places near Indore quickly. Besides, tourists can also enjoy services of national and international flights from Indore.


Agreement for air service through private sector

The Tourism Corporation is undertaking works in new areas. In this context, the State Government took the initiative of introducing air connectivity through private sector between major cities of the state for giving a fillip to tourism in the state. Under the initiative, an agreement was signed by the State Tourism Corporation with private sector company Messrs. Ventura Air Connect Private Limited. The company has provided a nine-seater aircraft at Bhopal. Soon, another nine-seater plane will be added to this series.


There is long geographical distance between Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior and Jabalpur. Except Bhopal, there is High Court and its benches in rest of these major cities. Important offices of the State Government are situated in Bhopal. Apart from general passengers, tourists from India and abroad also require air services.


With a view to giving permanency to the air services, the State Government has made a provision in the agreement that maximum three seats in every sector will be underwritten if passengers are not available in adequate numbers. For this, they will be paid full fare and government officers will be able to undertake travel. The State Government will compensate for VAT on the aviation turbine fuel bought by the company in the state for five years.





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