HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh tourism department is toying with the idea of starting an amphibian bus service at tourist spots along the coastline in the state to give thrust to water sports and water transport. "We are in touch with foreign manufacturers based in Honolulu (Hawaii). Later, we will invite expression of interest from local private operators," Madhusudam, officer on special duty (OSD) with the tourism department told TOI. "Initially, to make it economically viable, we have planned to start it in Visakhapatnam," he said. Tourism department officials met the amphibian bus manufacturers at a meeting at Goa. As the Goa tourism department did not fix the deal with the manufacturer, AP wants to grab the opportunity. Amphibian buses can ply on land as well as on water. During the ride, tourists can see some picturesque locations in and around the beach. The bus will cost around Rs 2 crore. It can carry around 15 to 20 people in a single trip of half-an-hour. Officials said that the bus will act as a link between private operators and manufacturers. The tourism department will give permission to private agencies to run this bus. To promote tourism along the coast, the department is also mulling hovercrafts. The look of this jet will be very exotic with each one having a 50 seater capacity and will cost around Rs 50 lakh, officials said. AP tourism department also wants to introduce jet skies and other water sports in Rushikonda, Kalingapatnam, Bheemunipatnam, Nelapadu and Suryalanka..This tourist attraction bus is seen in Canada Toronto. Such buses were used by the British military. This buses are also useful in times of floods emergencies, etc. The government should study about this more. Just purchasing buses is not sufficient. We should purchase the entire design,manufacture and all that is required. Otherwise this will become a junk after sometime. Government should also check for any under corruption activities in the deal..
National Waterway 4 (NW-4) is a 1,095 kilometres (680 mi) long waterway in India. It has been declared as an Indian National Waterway and is currently under development. It connects the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and the union territory of Puducherry. The NW-4 runs along the Coromandal Coast through Kakinada, Eluru, Commanur, Buckingham Canals and also through part of Krishna and Godavari rivers in South India. It was declared a National Waterway on 24 November 2008 under the Provisions of National Waterways Bill, 2006. It is being developed by the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI).Kakinada-Pondicherry canals along with Godavari and Krishna rivers (1,095 kilometres (680 mi)) as NW-4 East Coast Canal along with Brahmani river and Mahanadi delta (623 kilometres (387 mi)) as NW-5 River Barak (152 kilometres (94 mi)) as NW-6.
New National Waterways was made shortlisted another new 111 new water ways on all rivers across the INDIA. . It has been declared as an Indian National Waterway and is currently under development. It include 15 rivers in west Bengal,14 in Assam and Maharashtra,11 in karnataka,12 in Uttar Pradesh,9 in Tamilnadu,6 in Bihar and Goa,5 in Gujarat,meghalaya,Telangana and Odissa.