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First Tram Library of India launched in Kolkata yesterday!

25 September, 2020 09:14:47
First Tram Library of India launched in Kolkata yesterday!

In a first of its kind, Kolkata launched its first tram library, probably the only in India and the world. The specially designed Tram Library will have books and magazines, including those on competitive examinations such as the civil services, WBCS, GRE, or GMAT in order to attract readers from various educational institutions along its route. The tram library, will travel regularly between Shyambazar and Esplanade, traversing 4.5 km through the city’s education hub -- College Street.

There are at least 30 educational institutions along or near its route, including the Calcutta University and Presidency University, Scottish Church College, Hindu School, Hare School and the Calcutta Girl’ School. These are all institutions steeped in history that has served generations. The tram library, being introduced by the WBTC that oversees India's only functional tramways, is a special tram with books, magazines, which can be read while travelling on the tram. The tramcar will also have free wifi and will help passengers read e-books apart from laying their hands-on books in the library, he said, adding that the collection will be updated regularly. 

‘We are also planning book reading sessions, book launches and literary festivals in the tram library in the future,’ said an official, 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. 

Proper and regular disinfection and sanitization of the Tram will be done regularly.

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