Dual mode buses with an ability to run both on water and land will be introduced in May at Harike wetlands in Punjab as part of promotion of tourism, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal announced on Friday.
Presiding over a meeting to review the status of ongoing development projects, Mr Badal said the dream project of Punjab government to launch the amphibious buses was nearing reality.
In the first phase, such buses will run between Amritsar and Harike via Tarn Taran catering to domestic and international tourists.
It was also informed in the meeting that tenders in this regard have been floated, which was awarded to world renowned Swedish automotive company 'Scania'.
Reviewing the status of Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) to be developed in the city at a cost of Rs. 500 crore, Mr Badal informed that BRTS system will also become operational in the holy city from June 1, 2016.
He also directed the executing agency and department concerned engaged in the execution of this prestigious project not only to expedite the pace of work but also to finish construction of service lanes along side dedicated bus tracks within a month.
He also directed departments concerned to finalise the purchase of buses at the earliest under BRTS.