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Glimmer of hope for trams in Kolkata


KOLKATA: Transport department has begun upkeep of tram tracks on RG Kar Bridge and Canal Bridge reviving hopes that the service at the path commissioned in 1903 might resume quickly. The move has indicates that the government might continue with the eco-friendly mode of transport, a minimum of in some wallet of the city opposite to the preferred trust among tram fanatics that the dept may be seeking to steadily discontinue with them.

The tram service from Belgachia, the third oldest path, used to be withdrawn in January remaining 12 months after the transport department began concretising the tracks but needed to discontinue halfway as a precautionary measure after the cave in of Majerhat Bridge. The tracks had been levelled earlier than Durga Puja remaining 12 months to prevent accidents.

The paintings on concretising the tracks on RG Kar Bridge and Canal Bridge resumed on Sunday and is anticipated to conclude on May 1. The concrete has been dug up and staff are busy casting off the particles after which new tracks shall be laid.

“We shall be working on almost one kilometre of tracks here. First, we can remove the concrete used to degree the tracks after which lay down the tracks anew earlier than tram service is resumed,” stated an official of Adhunik Construction which is carrying out the paintings.


According to a senior transport department official, the Belgachia- Esplanade path and Belgachia-Howrah path, are one of the busiest trams routes in the city. He also stated the tram service used to be discontinued on this path no longer as a result of the lack of demand but due to concretisation adopted by way of the Majerhat bridge cave in. “We would run a minimum of six pairs of trams on a regular basis which is without doubt one of the best anyplace in the city. The remaining tram for Esplanade would go away the depot after 10 pm,” stated the official.


Officials stated that tram tracks had been laid connecting Belgachia and repair used to be began in 1902 making it the third oldest path after electrification of trams. Initially the depot had three gates two of which were used by trams to enter and one to depart the place. The two gates had been completed away with when paintings on Dum Dum-Tollygunge path of Metro Rail began.


A survey among one and a half thousand other folks from Kolkata gave approval to trams as a safe, eco-friendly and economic mode of transport in a survey conducted by way of a professor and put up doctoral fellow at IIM Kolkata. The respondents on the other hand added that with a view to draw in extra commuters trams needed speedy infrastructure and technological improve and a bigger community to cater to a wider population.


Over the years, CTC has made several efforts to revive the ill organisation - establishing heritage tours to changing tramcars into restaurants and different leisure zones. Few years in the past there used to be also an effort to pitch trams for the Unesco heritage tag. Two weeks in the past the transport department also began two single car AC trams.


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