In order to take a further step to attract tourists visiting the holy city of Amristar, the Punjab Tourism Department is all set to introduce five hop-on-hop-off double-decker buses in the coming month. Sources said that the Tourism Department is likely to introduce the hop-on-hop-off double-decker buses just after the launch of amphibious buses at Harike wetland in first week of September. Initially, the department will get one amphibious bus, which can ply on land as well as water and that has been imported from Swedish automotive company Scania. Sources further said that the bus has already reached the port of Goa, where it is being re-assembled. On similar lines, the hop-on-hop-off double-decker buses will be brought to Amritsar.
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.Speaking to Daily Post, Punjab Tourism Minister Sohan Singh Thandal said that they were going forward with the operations of amphibious bus at Harike wetland first followed by the hop-on-hop-off double-decker buses in Amritsar.
“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 tourists need to buy just a single ticket for the whole day,” said the minister.The minister further 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 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 added.
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