If you want to enjoy a tram journey in India, you have to visit the city of joy Kolkata. The city is also home to Asia’s largest second-hand book market, the iconic College Street. Now, blending the charm of the duo, Kolkata has welcomed a new wonder, its first-of-a-kind moving tram library. The inauguration of the air-conditioned tram library took place on September 24 in College Street. It will move daily between Shyambazar and Esplanade, passing through the historic streets of Hatibagan, Hedua and College Street. Also, the fare of the journey will be only ₹20. Read on to know the details.
Kolkata Gets A Tram Library That Will Run Through College Street, The City’s Iconic Book Lane
A moving tram library has come up in Kolkata, that will cover a stretch of around 4.5 kilometres each day from Shyambazar to Esplanade, covering the bookworm’s haven, the College Street. The library will have books and magazines, including competitive examination books of WBCS, GRE, GMAT, civil services and more to draw readers with various interests.
The tramcar will also be equipped with free Wi-fi to assist its passengers in reading e-books. As per reports, referring to the tram-library, an official said, “We are also planning book reading sessions, book launches and literary festivals in the tram library in the future.” The authorities have also planned a tram literary festival to be held in November.
Renowned Educational Institutions On The Route
Many renowned educational institutions in Kolkata, like the Hindu School, Hare School, Calcutta University, Presidency University, Calcutta Medical College, Scottish Church College and Bethune College will fall on the route of the moving tram library. From the tramcar, one can also catch the glimpse of the heritage building, the Star Theatre, which is also a popular movie theatre in the city. Reportedly, the officials have said that they are maintaining all norms and sanitising the trams amid the coronavirus pandemic to ensure the safety of the passengers.
Electric Tramcars Started In Kolkata In 1902
Electric tramcars are in existence in Kolkata since 1902. West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC) has also recently installed some artworks inside the trams, depicting the history of trams in the city. The first horse-drawn tram in India had run between Kolkata’s Sealdah and Armenian Ghat Street in 1873. The first electric tramcar in Kolkata ran from Esplanade to Kidderpore in 1902. The route from Esplanade to Kalighat was introduced in the same year.
So, the next time you plan a trip to Kolkata, definitely take a joy ride on this mind-boggling tram library to soak your soul in the aura of the old alleys, along with the magical aroma of books. For now, allow us to take y’all on a virtual tour to Kolkata from the comfort of your home: