Kolkata bus: Earlier there was a revolution of double-decker buses in Kolkata. Now it has come up with a new look Kolkata double-decker bus after so many years. Kolkata heritage is now all set to make a comeback next week.
There are many memories of double-decker buses. On Tuesday when West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee flagged off two double-decker buses. It seems so nice to see when you travel on double-decker buses.
These buses first started on the street of Kolkata in 1926, which once again made a comeback in the city of joy in a new avatar, as the state government decided to run these buses per day for tourism purposes.
Double-decker buses look similar to those buses in London, but the blue and white open-roof buses are a little different from them. Now there are no sliding glass windows nor humid upper cabins during summer.
The first double-decker bus in Kolkata ran between kali ghat in south Kolkata and Shyam Bazar in the Northern part of Kolkata in 1926.
These buses are fully air-conditioned, have Cctv camera destination boards, and automatic doors, and are equipped with panic buttons. All total there are 51 seats out of which 17 are located on the second floor.
After independence, the Calcutta State transport corporation (CSTC) state government took over the double-decker buses to gain popularity among people and become an internal part of the city’s transport and heritage.
Earlier there used to be bright red buses with the face of the Royal Bengal Tiger painted on their sides were a common sight all over city roads. It what’s the last time such buses were bought by the state government.
However, the state government decided to decrease the number of double-decker buses in 1990 due to excessive fuel consumption.
Finally, the wait is over double-decker bus is here to start in Kolkata. For now, there will be two double-decker buses that will play in the city from October 23 said chief minister Mamata Banerjee.