Social Media Users has trolled Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal Water Buses as Images of Harike Water Cruise has gone viral on Social Media. Most of People named it “Gharukka”. The water buses were set to tired from today as it was postponed yesterday due to low level of water at Harike Headworks. But today it is again cancelled.
Alleged Desi look of Water Buses becomes the topic of discussion on Social Media and Many People posted images of Buses.
Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal was likely to flag off this unique bus on December 12.
Deputy Commissioner BS Dhaliwal said all arrangements had been put in place for the inauguration. With an ability to run both on land and water, the amphibious bus imported from world-renowned Swedish automotive company “Scania” has already reached Harike after it was re-assembled in Goa.
Though the project was conceived a couple of years ago, the venture took some time to materialise. State Tourism Director NPS Randhawa said all teething issues, including its operation, maintenance, safety and route, had already been worked out.
The bus will enter the wetland from the ramp constructed near Chungian village along the Left Marginal Bund (LMB), 3 km ahead of Gurdwara Nanksar, and come out from the Makhu road side traversing over 2 miles in the water.
For the entry/exit of the bus into water, the Irrigation Department has prepared a 225-feet-long and 25-feet-wide ramp on either side on which an estimated Rs 75 lakh has been spent.
Executive Engineer Vijay Pal Singh Mann said the ramp, made of one-ft-thick concrete was ready.
“Initially, a trial run will be conducted before the bus starts ferrying tourists to have a glimpse of the bio-diversity of this sanctuary spread over in 4,100 hectares,” Randhawa said, adding that more buses would be added once the pilot project was successful.
Project Director Basanta Raj Kumar said besides launching this bus service, other facilities, including setting up of an interpretation centre, construction of watch towers, food courts, conveniences, souvenir shop and parking areas, were also being readied to bring Harike wetland on the world tourism map.
Forest officials said special provisions were being made for bird watching. However, the ecology of the region would not be allowed to get affected in any manner.
“The visitors will only be allowed to use cycle, battery-operated carts or walk around the sanctuary,” said Basanta.

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