The trams of Kolkata will soon have colour-coded routes in line with the global practice which will help commuters and tourists identify the areas through which the trams will pass. The exterior of the trams will have a dash of the route colour they are on.
“This will make way for a technological solution that will be easy and helpful. Commuters will get high-quality tram maps in the trams itself. Those buying the tram pass will get them free,” said Rajanvir Singh Kapur, managing director of West Bengal Transport Corporation that runs India’s only operational tramway.
The six routes have been assigned colours — blue, green, yellow, red, violet and pink. The map, the graphic design for which was made by Swattik Sarkar, a student from Durgapur, will indicate the places of historical importance on each route. Route 36, from Esplanade to Kidderpore — crossing Maidan, Victoria and Race Course — has been allotted blue. “Trams will start plying this route soon,” said an official.
“It is a nice initiative to colour code the routes, but we request the transport department to revive the old routes. Trams are eco-friendly and can ferry a lot of people which decreases congestion on roads,” said Udit Ranjan Gupta, a tram enthusiast and member of the Calcutta Tram Users’ Association.