“Another of GTDC’s tall claims.”
The much-hyped introduction of amphibious vessels – vehicles that can be operated on land as well as sea – which had been deferred till date due to delay in permission from various authorities, will likely start by the end of the month. Tourism department expects to get all clearances for starting the amphibious buses by May-end.
Tourism minister Dilip Parulekar on Tuesday told reporters that though there has been a delay, they are sure of starting the service by the end of the tourist season. For Goa, tourist season starts in October-November and concludes by May-end.
Goa is the first state in the country to launch the amphibious bus service. Goa tourism development corporation (GTDC) has three indigenously-built buses with foreign technology.
The soft launch of these amphibious buses was carried out a few months ago. GTDC had to put its plans of starting the service full-fledged on hold due to difficulty in securing the various permissions required, most importantly that of the transport department.
Apparently, transport authorities were in a fix as this is a first-of-its-kind transport service and does not completely come under the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act, an official said.