To boost tourism, the Punjab government will launch five hop-on hop-off double decker buses in Amritsar that sees a daily footfall of around 8,000 tourists.
Punjab Tourism Minister Sohan Singh Thandal said the tourists can avail the bus services to visit prominent places in the city like Golden Temple, Rambagh Gate, Rambagh Garden, Town Hall, Durgiana Mandir, Gobindgarh Fort, Heritage Village, War memorial, Wagah Border and Ram Tirath Temple, any number of times during the day.
The minister said the initiative was taken after it was noticed that the major places of interest in the city were not connected by public/mass transportation systems.
The buses would be operational during the daytime and the tourists would be offered a single ticket to board the buses any number of times during the day. After visiting the places of interest, tourists can board the next available bus in the beat, Thandal said.
The minister said that the tourists need to buy just a single ticket for the whole day.
"The tourists will have the flexibility to hop-off at any tourist destination in the circuit and after site seeing they can hop-on the next bus in the beat," he said.
Thandal noted that the proposal was finalised in a meeting held under the chairmanship of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.