Punjab gets an amphibious bus ‘Harike Cruise’ that runs on water
FEROZEPUR: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Monday launched the first amphibious bus of the state at Harike Pattan Lake in Ferozepur
Nearly two years after an announcement, the Punjab government on Monday launched an amphibious bus at the Harike wetland near Amritsar. Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal launched the bus and took the inaugural ride with officials and media.
“We had promised to launch the amphibious bus that will travel on land and in water. Our opponents were criticising us for not starting the project. I hope that the launch of the bus will put the record straight,” he told reporters. The bus project has cost the state government over Rs 11 crore.
The bus will be run by the state tourism department. People coming to the wetland will be able to enjoy its 4-km ride in water and on land.
Congress leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal criticised the launch. “He (Badal) is making a fool of people. It is just a boat which also has wheels,” Bhattal said on Monday. The Congress also expressed “utter disdain” at the scheme.
Meanwhile in Amritsar, Sukhbir said the holy city will be developed as a hub of religious frevor and tourism of North India.
“In the coming five years all the connecting roads to Sri Harmandir Sahib would be given heritage look,” he assured after launching the ‘Hop-On-Hop-Off’ double-decker bus for tourists.