Friday, March 24

Tram restart: Trials begin on restored Rajabazar-Howrah route

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Trial runs for restart of services on the second tram route — Rajabazar to Howrah bridge — that has remained suspended since March, were carried out on Thursday.
The engineering department of WBTC was working on war footing to restore the overhead wires after Amphan devastation.

After the extensive repairing, the route could be restored. If trial runs go smooth, the route will be opened to commuters shortly. Recently, services resumed on the Ballygunge-Tollygunge route.

The tram services were suspended in March 2020 when the lockdown had started. Due to Amphan, several tracks were damaged by trees and the overhead wire system was also damaged.

After that, WBTC had taken up restoration work. The engineers were working overnight to restore the tram tracks.

Of the six routes that were functional prior to the lockdown, one route has so far been restored. The trial run for the route, Ballygunge-Tollygunge, was conducted on June 13. The services resumed on June 14 after following safety protocols and social distancing norms.

The services can now be availed between 7am and 8pm. The trams are operating at an interval of 25 minutes.

Passengers without masks are not being allowed to board the tram. Proper and regular disinfection and sanitization of the tram cars are being done before and after each shift of operation. The same exercise is being undertaken at the depots too.

Earlier last week, a heritage art was installed on the tram cars on Tollygunge-Ballygunge route.

The idea was to make the youth aware of the heritage of Kolkata and history of trams. The motive is to instil a sense of pride among the younger generation about city’s heritage.

Recently, WBTC’s electric buses got an appreciation from IEA Paris for environment friendly mode of operations.

Source:Times of India

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