Kolkata to witness painted trams from next month
The West Bengal Transport Corporation had earlier said that special colors will be used on trams to identify routes. If all goes well, trams marked with special colors will be seen on the city streets in the first week of next month.
The work of painting the head of the tram according to the 'color code' has already started at Nonapukur depot. The work has been completed in several trams.
It has been a long time since different countries in Europe and London's Metro Rail have been able to differentiate different routes with colors. In India, different routes in Delhi Metro have been marked with different colors.
The West Bengal Transport Corporation has taken the initiative to create a colorful map of the tram based on that idea. In addition to putting the map on the tram, it will also be displayed through the government transport app and website. The officials of the corporation hope that the passengers will be able to recognize different routes easily by seeing the color on the head of the tram.
According to the corporation's plan, the route from Tollygunje to Ballygunje has been identified as the 'Pink Line'. Tram of that route will reach Tolly Club, Bhabani Cinema, Deshpriya Park, Hindustan Park, Goriyahat.
The Esplanade route from Gariahat has been identified as the Yellow Line. The work of applying yellow paint on the heads of various trams of that route has already been completed. The tram will reach Chandni Chowk via Quest Mall, Park Circus Seven Heads Junction, Mallikbazar, Ripon Street.
The color of the tram route from Esplanade to College Street is red. It is called 'Red Line'. Part of the route to Bidhannagar touching the roads of old Kolkata has been identified as 'Violet Line'. The route from Howrah Bridge to Shyambazar has been named 'Green Line'. One part of that route is falling between the red and the other on the violet line. The route from Esplanade to Khidirpur has been marked with blue line.
However, after the collapse of the Majherhat bridge, the tram movement towards Tollygunge was stopped due to the objection of the Kolkata police. In the pre-COVID situation, the tram route from Esplanade to Shyambazar and Khidirpur had the highest number of passengers.
This year, a new book fair will be held at Hrishikesh Park adjacent to Amherst Street from January 26 to January 31 at the initiative of the West Bengal Publishers Coordination Committee. The three-day book fair will be open from 2 pm to 9 pm. The State Transport Corporation arranged a special tram table to promote the book fair organized by the West Bengal Publishers Coordination Committee. The journey of the specially equipped tram started from Esplanade Tram Depot at 4 pm on Tuesday.
There will be about 50 stalls in the three-day book fair at Hrishikesh Park. Various publishing houses are giving stalls there. There is also a special pavilion for Little Magazine. On behalf of the organizers of the book fair, Rupa Majumder said, "We are grateful to the Transport Corporation for coming forward in this way to promote the book fair." The tram tableau is very fancy to convey the word of the fair to the book lovers. Books and trams highlight the city's heritage."