Panic spread in the city after a Punjab roadways bus heading to Chandigarh from Amritsar caught fire on the PAP flyover here on Tuesday evening.
As many as 12 passengers travelling in the bus had a narrow escape and no injuries were reported in the incident.
Following the information, fire tenders and police officials rushed the spot and put efforts to control the flames.
Passengers claimed that fire was so intense that fire tenders took around one hour to control the flames. The cause of the fire was yet to be established.
Incident occurred at 4 pm when the bus driver noticed a smoke emanating from the bus engine and stopped the bus over inspection on the road at PAP flyover near Chuggiti Chowk.
Bus driver Satpal Singh, a resident of Kot Kesra Singh in Amritsar said he had started bus from Amritsar bus terminal at 2 pm and after reaching near Pathankot Chowk in Jalandhar, he noticed smoke from the engine of the bus. "I considered that it was minor and tried to control it by pouring a bottle of water on the engine.
The smoke also got controlled but after few minutes when bus reached near PAP flyover, engine suddenly caught fire and I stopped the bus and asked the conductor and passengers to come down from the bus," driver said.
Meanwhile, it resulted in traffic chaos and traffic at Jalandhar-Amritsar highway had also remained disturbed for two hours.
A fire tender was called which doused the flames within 20 minutes.