Punjab gets its first Water Bus to attract tourists. Yes, the first water cruiser bus of Punjab has launched by the Deputy Chief Minister of the state Sukhbir Singh Badal on Monday at Harike Pattan Lake in Ferozepur.
It is a dream of the Punjab people to get the amphibious vehicle that can run on both water and land. Punjab Tourism Department is named it as Harike Water Cruise, and the vehicles are expected to be of enormous help in a state that is spread by rivers, streams, and other water bodies. The newly launched water bus will initially work on the Harike wetlands as part of a project.
Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board CEO Navjot Pal Singh Randhawa told that Rs 10 crores have been allotted to the Punjab water bus project. This project also includes building and maintaining tranches, landing points, and other groundwork apply to the water bus.
The Punjab Waterbus being opened by Sukhbir Singh Badal, and after the launch, he took a ride on the bus to join of the Sutlej and Beas rivers. He felt happy for this project and also said, “His Dream had come true with this Punjab Amphibious Bus. Badal gifted whatever he had promised during his tenure an now opposition parties like Congress and AAP had been left without showing their faces to the public.”
He also stated that the water bus ride would also be started in Bathinda. Punjab Water Bus bookings will be available in online or at Punjab Tourism Department offices at Harike Pattan and Amritsar. The minister said, “If we form a government for the third time, undoubtedly we will complete the promises such as streets and drain works, Solar lights installation in villages and also provide homes to rural people those who don’t have houses.”
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However, AAP party reacted to the launch and said the amphibious bus ride is not useful and it is the waste of money and time. Meanwhile, Sukhbir Singh in Amritsar told the holy city will be changed as a hub of religious frevor and tourism of North India.
PHTPB CEO Navjot Randhawa told that currently, the bus is operational in the route, art of which is road and the other part a waterway. The Punjab Water bus has a seating capacity of 34 people including the driver and is equipped with life-jackets for everyone.
At present, the Harike Water Cruise operated in between Amritsar and Harike Wetlands about 13 kms and to go across over 45 minutes. The bus will then pass through 4km on water. The cost for each trip from Amritsar will be Rs 2,000, and if you want only Harike Wetland trip, then you need to pay Rs 800.
The Punjab Water bus capacity is 34, but now 24 persons were allowed on the first ride along with the Deputy Chief Minister with a ride of fewer than 10 minutes.