Kolkata Tram, the oldest electric tram in Asia is all set to start first of its kind “tram Library “ in the city landscape. The customized mobile library will have books and magazines of all kinds including those for competitive examinations like civil Service, GRE , GMAT etc .
Sharing the news with the media Mr. Rajanvir Singh Kapur, Managing Director, WBTC said that it is a beautiful and small edition of Kolkata’s literary landscape. The library will have books, magazines and special editions of various competitive examination books to attract readers from various educational institutions along its route. Officials said books would be updated regularly. Commuters will also have access to free Wi-Fi, and authorities also plan to host events such as book launches and book reading sessions. Free pens will be distributed to all passengers in the inaugural week. Also, a tram literature festival has been planned in November.
The tram library is scheduled to travel regularly between Shyambazar and Esplanade, traversing 4.5 km through the city’s education hub — College Street.
“We are also planning book reading sessions, book launches and literary festivals in the tram library in the future,” the official said, terming the project as a dream come true that will give a new dimension to the city’s electric tram service, which is in existence since 1902.
Officials said amid the Covid-19 pandemic all norms were being maintained to sanities trams to ensure the safety of passengers. Tram cars are being regularly disinfected before and after each shift. At present, Kolkata is the only Indian city to have a tram network.