Punjab government launched its ambitious amphibious bus project 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 Punjab Tourism department and tourists coming to the wetland will be able to enjoy its 4-km ride in water and on land.
amphibious vehicles with an ability to run both on water and land would be introduced in Harike wetlands at the confluence of the Beas and Sutlej rivers.
After offering sightseeing tour on land at Harike headworks, the dual-mode bus would enter the lake so that visitors could glimpse the rich biodiversity of Harike wildlife sanctuary.
Having an extended area of 8,600 hectares the declared wetland is significant abode for the winged guests migrating from across the inter.
Source: Economic Times