Bhopal: In a bid to connect four prominent cities of Madhya Pradesh, the state government is all set to unveil inter-city air services. The four cities to be linked through this service are Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior and Jabalpur.

To initiate the services, the MP government has inked a pact with Delhi’s Ventura Air Connect Company.

“The services, which were to begin from June 30, have been delayed by a week due to the holdup in the registration process of the 9-seater aircrafts”, Tourism Development Corporation Managing Director RP Chouhan informed.

To boost the air inter-city services in the state, the government has decided to give exemptions in fuel prices to the company. In addition, the government has also taken up the responsibility of bearing the cost of three seats in case the air taxi services fail to draw passengers initially.

According to Tourism Development Corporation officials, online booking services and offices will be set up to provide more details to the passengers. However, the venues of these places have not been decided yet.

The fare for these aircrafts will be fixed at around Rs 2500-3500 and booking will be done on ‘first come, first served’ basis. Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation will be the nodal agency which will look into all the operations of these services.

Observers also believe that if the services succeed, then 30-seater services will be introduced soon. Also, if the services are successful then they may also be introduced in Raipur, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Agra.

JPN/Bureau