Air-conditioner trams have raised the bar of travelling in the city of joy. Kolkata has been famous for its tram service and now these AC Trams are helping people to beat the heat this summers. Technology is raising high standards with its everyday innovative ideas getting into real business. The fare structure of travelling would definitely vary from the old trams. Here is everything you need to know about these ac trams:
The AC trams are built at the Nonapukur tram depot near Ripon Street. Each of them costs about Rs 25 lakh and is fitted with a 5.5 tonne AC unit, LED light bulbs and fans. There are curtains on the window, adding to its aesthetics. Earlier, the transport department had built two AC trams — Charoibeti and Rupashi Bangla — for joyrides, but prompted the government to build two more. The trams have pneumatic doors that can be operated from the motorman’s cabin. There are few old things attached like the system of the conductor ringing a bell is still there.
Travelling Turns Comfort
Each AC Tram can accommodate a capacity of 24 and is equipped with a television and FM radio. It runs four rides daily to the north and south of the city, so you can jump in any where to get the majestic ride and explore the city in comfort. The early morning ride starts at 7 am (the reporting time for the same is 6.30 am) and three others start at 3 pm, 5 pm , and 7 pm. The tram initiates its journey from the Esplanade tram depot and comes back at the same place at the end of each trip.
The itinerary consists of stops where passengers can take their ride from or are going to visit in the travel. The tram starts with the north Kolkata trip that covers the iconic Governor House, Hastings House, Curzon Park, Jorasanko Thakurbari (Rabindranath Tagore’s ancestral home), Jorasanko Rajbari, Nakhoda Masjid (city’s principal mosque), Star Theatre, College Street, etc. During the trip, the tram takes a small break at Shyambazar tram depot in north Kolkata before meandering its way back.
The sprawling Maidan and the famous Victoria Memorial can be seen in the afternoon tours. Whereas, the south-bound tram makes a brief stop-over at the Maidan. Trams have definitely been an integral part of the city’s history for centuries and it was also the oldest operating electric tram in Asia, running since 1902.
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