Saturday, November 9, 2013

Calcutta Tramways Company

The Kolkata tram is the oldest operating electric tram in Asia and the only city in India to have a tram network, which was the sole public transport until 1920. Started on 24th February 1873, Trams are light weight rail borne vehicles, running on tracks, primarily on the road. Trams were the brainchild of the then Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon.

The first tram in Kolkata goes back to 24 February 1873 and was drawn by horses. Then, with the introduction of electricity, the entire network has adapted to the new feeding system allowing the movement of rail vehicles. From 1880 to 1951, the tram system was managed by CTC Calcutta Tramways Company, incorporated by the British and then pass under the control of local government.

Today in Kolkata tram running approximately 250 to two compartments, the first more expensive than the second. The ticket must be purchased on board. Instructions There are no real stops but rather the points where it is easier for the passenger to get off. Clearly they are very slow, but perhaps this gives the tram ride to the city a unique charm. For this reason, despite the proposals for the abolition of tram citing, inter alia, the justification for very high maintenance costs, up to now Kolkata is committed to preserving a feature that makes it unique in India.

Of its past imperial capital Calcutta Victorian retains the imprint of its center, the tram rail only in India, adapting perfectly to his image-established at the Europeans. In those days Calcutta, founded in the second half of the 700 on the banks of the Hoogly, a side arm of the Ganges, around a strong and emporiums of the East India Company, was the capital of the British possessions in the Indian subcontinent only in 1911 capital of the Raj, the colonial realm, was moved to New Delhi. 

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