Dhak music, snacks: AC tram service for Durga Puja in Kolkata to avoid COVID-19 transmission
- The tram service will be availabe on two days of Durga Puja-- Saptami and Nabami
- This will enable passengers to have a glimpse of the puja pandals
- The ride will cost Rs 500 per passenger, including food and refreshments
The West Bengal Transport Corporation has decided to run air-conditioned trams on Kolkata roads during Durga Puja, precisely on the days of 'Saptami' and 'Nabami', news agency PTI reported.
This will enable passengers to have a glimpse of the puja pandals, without being afraid of COVID-19 transmission amid the crowd, and also click photographs through the large glass windows of the electricity-operated vehicles, an official told PTI.
Trams have always been an indispensable part of Kolkata, adding to the city's charm. The city boasts of running the only existing tramway of the country.
"We will ensure that the festive fever grips each of our passengers, as dhak music will be played all along the journey and snacks will be served on board the decked-up trams," Rajanvir Singh Kapur, the managing director of WBTC was quoted, as saying.
Passengers would have access to free Wi-fi inside the trams, which would also go past the iconic landmarks in the metropolis, he said.
"Amid the COVID-19 gloom, we are trying to revive the charm that the city beholds, weaving the tram ride with the biggest festival," Kapur said.
The official said that the ride will cost Rs 500 per passenger, which includes food and refreshments.
Tickets can be booked on 'www.wbtconline.in', he said, adding that adequate safety measures would be taken, and all passengers would have to wear masks.