Punjab Gets An Amphibious Bus That Cost A Bomb; Or Is It Just A Boat On Wheels?

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The Indian state of Punjab has got its first amphibious bus, which was launched on Monday at the Harike wetland near Amritsar. The amphibious bus was launched by Sukhbir Singh Badal, the Deputy Chief Minister.

Punjab Gets An Amphibious Bus That Cost A Bomb; Or Is It Just A Boat On Wheels?

The amphibious bus was launched after almost two years since the announcement was made, and the project has cost the state government a whopping Rs 11 crore.

Punjab Gets An Amphibious Bus That Cost A Bomb; Or Is It Just A Boat On Wheels?

At the launch, the Deputy Chief Minister took the inaugural ride, along with other officials and the media.

Punjab Gets An Amphibious Bus That Cost A Bomb; Or Is It Just A Boat On Wheels?

Sukhbir Singh Badal said, "We had promised to launch the amphibious bus that will travel on land and in water. Our opponents were criticising us for not starting the project. I hope that the launch of the bus will put the record straight."

Punjab Gets An Amphibious Bus That Cost A Bomb; Or Is It Just A Boat On Wheels?

The amphibious bus will be run by the state tourism department and ferry tourists for four kilometers on land and water.

Punjab Gets An Amphibious Bus That Cost A Bomb; Or Is It Just A Boat On Wheels?

The launch of the new bus has raised criticism as well, and Congress leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal said, "Badal is making a fool of people. It is just a boat which also has wheels."

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Story first published: Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 16:07 [IST]
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