Kolkata: Two double-decker buses will be inaugurated by chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday (October 13). 

These two buses will be used for Durga puja parikrama, they will later be used to boost Kolkata’s tourism.

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The buses will be maintained and operated by the West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation. However, the drivers and conductors of the buses will be supplied by West Bengal Transport Corporation.

A transport department official said, “As of now these two will be used for puja parikrama and pandal hopping. Later they will be used for tourism, such as hop-on hop-off tours. They are not meant for commercial services.”

“The buses will be painted in blue and white, the favourite colour of the chief minister, and will be BS-IV complaint. One of the main purposes the old double decker buses were phased out was that they used to consume a lot of fuel and hence were uneconomical. They were polluting too,” he further added.

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The new buses will have features like automatic doors, destination boards, panic buttons and CCTV cameras. While the old buses used to have two doors, these will have one door. Of the 51 seats, there will be 16 on the upper deck.