This event is ticketed.
Calcutta Tramways is a living heritage site under threat. Historic public transportation system that out-survives trams in many international cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, London, Melbourne. In Calcutta, the tram was established in 1873. This is a unique mass transport system in Asia that was never discontinued and still uses the same technology, tracks and tractions and service area as the electrification system was installed starting from 1902. Today, the congestion and pollution from other modes of transport coupled with the great affection that the trams have from the daily commuters makes it a heritage worth preserving. People not only see it as theirs, they see it as an answer for the problems of the present. The citizens’ groups such as Calcutta Tram Users Association led by Walk Leader Debasish builds pressure to keep it from being run over by the motorcar.
We will begin our Calcutta Tram Walk at the Esplanade Tram depot. Having boarded the Esplanade - Shyambazar train, we will travel centuries into the past, to the capital city of Colonial India, Calcutta. The city of Kolkata (Calcutta) was founded by the British East India Company. It was formed by combining Three villages Kalikata, sutanuti and gobindapur and was the site that would find itself at the center of history for 200 years. Deboarding the tram at Shyambazar, we’ll indulge in a story telling session with Chai singara and misti ( tea, samosas and sweets). We will then proceed to the workshop (need more info ) before we hop onto the Tollygunge-Ballygunge tram. The walk will end with lunch at Ballygunge Place/Bhajahari Manna.
This experience is curated by Moulshri Joshi and Kamal Banerjee.