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Khidirpur-Esplanade and Bidhannagar-Rajabazar Tram Route started in Durga Puja.

Sandeep Tripathi
West Bengal Transport Company issued tender for restore of the route
Service is closed since Amphan cyclonic storm

Kolkata: It’s deliberate to begin two tram routes Khidirpur-Esplanade and Bidhannagar-Rajabazar as soon as once more throughout Durga Puja this yr. Earlier than Cyclone Amphan, 6 routes had been operational within the Kolkata Tram-way community. After Amphan, the West Bengal Transport Company (WBTC) labored day and evening and restored 5 out of 6 routes within the coming months. The 5 tram routes that resumed after the Amphan restoration work had been Tollygunge to Ballygunge, Rajabazar to Howrah Bridge, Gariahat to Esplanade, Esplanade to Shyambazar and Howrah to Shyambazar. At current, 3 routes are quickly suspended as a result of ongoing work of Kolkata Metro. WBTC is presently working tram providers in two routes- Gariahat-Esplanade and Tollygunge-Ballygunge.
Two routes are nonetheless suspended because of some pending restore works after Cyclone Amphan and if restore work is completed, these 2 routes could also be resumed on Durga Puja this yr. These two routes are Khidirpur-Esplanade and Bidhannagar-Rajabazar.
The restore work of two routes Khidirpur-Esplanade and Bidhannagar-Rajabazar is anticipated to begin quickly. If all goes effectively with materials procurement and restore work, then these tram routes shall be operational from Durga Puja.
Khidirpur-Esplanade route quantity 36 was working between Khidirpur Tram Depot and Shaheed Minar Loop at Fancy Market, Watganj Junction, Hastings, Race Course, Fort William, Red Street.
The Vidhannagar-Rajabazar by way of Maniktala is part of Route No.18 (Vidhannagar-Howrah Bridge).
Tenders have already been floated for provide of overhead wires, traction poles, erection and many others. The estimated value sharing may very well be Rs 1.3 crore and Rs 75 lakh respectively.
Tram providers on the above two routes are anticipated to renew in about 6 months.
Trams began in 1873 and have become electrified in 1900. Since 1902, electrical tram automobiles have been beautifying the Metropolis of Bliss with this heritage transport.
When the lockdown started in early 2020, the tram was closed. On account of Amphan, many tracks had been broken by timber and the overhead wire system was badly broken. Since then the restoration work was happening by the WBTC of the Transport Division. The workforce of WBTC engineers labored in a single day to revive the tram tracks.

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