While the first test run for China’s infamous “straddling bus” has been mocked by many and has even led Chinese state media to call the project a scam, there was at least one person taken in.
According to the Times of India, the Transit Elevated Bus (TEB), which smoothly glides above the traffic, has caught the eye of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. At a meeting with top advisers last week about expanding the nation’s highway system, Modi asked the road transport ministry to get all the details they can about the project and explore whether it would prove useful in reducing congestion in overcrowded Indian cities.
Apparently, it’s not just Modi that sees potential in the “straddling bus.” According to Xinhua, Brazil, France and Indonesia have all expressed interest in the project.
All these foreign governments will be disheartened to hear that the TEB has been locked up for the time being and all testing has been halted. This decision follows reports from Chinese state media that the entire project is a giant P2P investment scam that is totally unfeasible and will only defraud investors out of all their money.
But hey, maybe there’s still a chance!
— Shanghaiist.com (@shanghaiist) August 3, 2016
Hopefully Xi doesn’t talk him out of it.