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Good old trams may start a new journey in New Town

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The city might run trams only to keep its heritage intact but New Town plans to start services in full throttle.

State transport and environment minister Suvendu Adhikari on Wednesday said: “Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority and Hidco are preparing a feasibility report for running tram services in the township.”

Adhikari added that trams will continue to run in Kolkata more as a heritage symbol for tourism and less for daily commuting. “We had to phase out some routes because of the construction of Metro corridors and objection from the city traffic police. In future, trams might be withdrawn from a few more routes for smoother movement of traffic,” he said.

According to the minister, trams can run in new areas like New Town, where roads are congestion-free and a tram ride would be fun. Adhikari, however, clarified that since tram is a metropolitan mode of transport, it cannot be taken to districts. At present, only 85 trams are plying in the city. The rest of the fleet is parked idle at different depots.

Adhikari also said the non-commuting experiment with tram was a success. The restaurant in a tram is one such example. It is visited by a lot of celebrities from the city and outside.

Source: Times of India

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