Punjab tourism director NPS Randhawa on Saturday said the much-awaited amphibious bus will start running in the Harike lake from September 1. An amphibious bus is a vehicle that can run both on land and water.
Inspecting ongoing works at the site, along with the department principal secretary, Anjali Bhawra, Randhawa said the amphibious bus that has been manufactured in the US will leave for India aboard a ship on August 2, and first reach the Goa port. From there, it will be brought by road to Harike Pattan — where the Sutlej and Beas meet — by August-end, said the official.
‘RAMP WILL BE READY WITHIN A FORTNIGHT’
Randhawa said the department has ensured the irrigation department completes the remaining work on the ramp within a few days, which was necessary to realise the dream project of Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.
“In the first stage, the bus will have a trial run for a week, before it starts ferrying tourists,” said the official.
The work on the 225-foot-by25-foot ramp started on May 25, but so far it has missed two deadlines: June 30 and July 25.
“Now, only minor work is left and it will be completed within 15 days,” said Vijaypal Singh Mann, executive engineer, irrigation department, Ferozepur.
Project manager Basanta Raj Kumar, who was accompanying Randhawa, said the bus will have its stoppage at the headworks and will enter the lake at the LMV dam near Churian village.
Local traders and shopkeepers have high hopes from the project, as it aims to boost this tourist spot’s economy.