KSRTC double-decker buses have their own charm. Captiliaisng on this, the Kerala Tourism Department plans to launch Foodie Wheels. They plan to resue old double-decker buses by turning them into swanky two-tier restaurants/cafes and launching them across 20 tourist destinations in Kerala. This initiative is part of the Responsible Tourism Mission by the State Government.
Tourism Minister P.A. Mohamed Riyas is hopeful that the pilot project in Vaikom backwaters will be successful. Other districts will follow the same Foodie Wheels concept. He believes that this project will amp up Kerala’s tourism and promise employment to many.
The lower deck of the converted bus has an air-conditioned area. The upper deck is for people who wish to experience an open-air dining adventure. Kerala Transport Minister Antony Raju proudly shared, “You can sit here comfortably in the scenic atmosphere of Vaikom backwaters and enjoy the delicious dishes. This is one of the projects to transform and re-use the useless KSRTC buses.”
Riyas even stated that old bridges with little or no traffic would soon be converted into food streets. This project, however, will be in collaboration with the Public Works Department.
Another initiative of the Responsible Tourism Mission that created an impression was introducing Keravan Kerala. It’s a public-private partnership to promote Tourism Caravans and Caravan Parks.