The 30-seater ‘bus boat’ is undergoing trial runs in the Jhelum river between Lasjan and Chattabal Weir on the outskirts of Srinagar from July 10 this year. Marine equipment supplier firm Sukhnag Enterprises has commissioned a 10-12 seater luxury pontoon boat and a 14 seater rescue boat in the Jhelum river apart from the “bus boat”.
Imran Malik, director of Sukhnag Enterprises, said that the bus boat was purchased from a New Zealand-based company named Mack, while the luxury pontoon boat was shipped from the United States. The aim of this new developmental step is to revive the decades old water transport culture in Jhelum river which is one of the identity and heritage of Kashmir.
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Imram Malik told ANI that this boat has been made keeping in mind the present needs of the people. It has air conditioning, music system and television. The boat’s driver Gautam Bosley told that it is a fiberglass boat. It is a glass fiber boat with all the amenities. An additional advantage is that a conference-like meeting of 10-12 people can be held inside the boat.
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