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also initiated. The first electronic tramcar ran between Khiddirpore and Esplanade in 1902. By 1905, the entire system had been converted to an electronic traction. Till 1952, the tram cars were imported from England, though a workshop, which exists till date, was set up in Calcutta to undertake repairs. In 1967, the West Bengal government took over the management of Calcutta Tramways Company. In the year 1992, the Calcutta Tramways Company introduced a bus service and the trams suffered a jolt as the hurrying passenger preferred the bus to the lolling tram. The number of fleet was reduced due to the high costs of maintenance and less takers. Today, only about 130 of the 530 trams running in the 1980s are making their way on the Kolkata roads. But of late efforts have been made to turn the trams in to profit making extensions of the government by bringing in AC coaches and transforming them in to a major tourist attraction. Heritage tours aboard the tram start at the Esplanade Tram terminus offering one a glimpse of history at various destinations like the Dalhousie Square, the Presidency College, the Ashutosh Museum of Indian Art and many more. It offers a slice of life in the form of the view of the coffee houses on College Street. You can get acquainted with history during this tram ride as it chugs along the Victoria Museum and the Writer’s Building. You get to sample the delights of the rich cultural heritage of Kolkata.

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