Sidhu halts Sukhbir’s amphibious bus project at Harike

By 17th June 2017 0 Comments


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Punjab tourism minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday halted former deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal’s much-hyped amphibious bus project that was operational in the Harike lake in Tarn Taran district.
Sidhu, who visited Harike to review the Rs 10-crore project, said: “The project is not financially viable. During the trial run, too, it damaged crops over hundreds of acres when water was released for it.”

Sukhbir had introduced the amphibious bus (a vehicle that can run both on land and water) amid much fanfare to promote tourism at the Harike lake, at the Sutlej-Beas confluence. Inaugurated in December last year, it had been in choppy waters ever since.
The inauguration was postponed for months as the water level in the lake was not sufficient. 
Then, after a short ride for Sukhbir on the day of inauguration, the bus was locked away.
Its critics had also questioned the initial design, calling the bus a “gharukka” (an improvised vehicle used in rural areas).
The bus was later sent back to Goa, where it had been manufactured, in February and replaced with a new “better-looking” one, as promised by Sukhbir.

However, weed in the lake kept posing trouble.
Finally, the bus started running in the lake around 15 days back, but weed and low water level continued to affect its operations.

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