Although the first amphibious bus is still non-operational at Harike Lake, another bus has reached the bank of the lake on Monday late night.
The project worth Rs 10 crore was inaugurated by deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal two months ago by taking a short ride of the bus. However, the department of tourism could not continue the operation and the bus has remained locked in garage since then due to several reasons.
Sources told HT that another bus was brought to the lake, confluence of Satluj and Beas rivers, on a tipper. However, the employees are reluctant to disclose any information about the new bus which is said to be better than the first one. Sources from Punjab irrigation department, that constructed the platform for the bus, also confirmed the development.
When contacted, Sanjeev Aggarwal, managing director of the firm which has the contract of execution of the project, said, “Only tourism officials can tell in this regard.” As the new bus was also locked in the garage along with previous one, nobody could have a glimpse of it. Efforts were made to contact the officials, but proved futile.
The company employees also revealed that two US nationals came here to train the company staff for operating the bus which has been much talked about across the state and was also mocked on social media. They said this bus would be ready for ferrying the tourists in March.