Kolkata: Colonial-era charm of trams is being revisited in the city with air-conditioned tram cars getting new life in the 21st era and closed routes being restored. The first AC tram was launched in 2013 and since then the authorities have not only started heritage tours but also allowed tour operators and even party-goers to book the single-bogie car.
“We are getting a good response for our recent initiatives and also from people . During peak season we are getting full bookings for our AC tram car. Seeing the demand we have decided to add an AC vehicle to the fleet every year beginning from this year,” Calcutta Tramways Company (CTC) managing director Nilanjan Sandilya said.
“The second AC vehicle, built at the Nonapukur tram depot at a cost of about Rs 20 lakh, will feature better interiors and new technology,” the official said. Trams are popular for birthday parties, school and NGO events and in a rare case a marriage was also solemnized in the street car.