The British delegation to the World Enterprise Summit Bangladesh (BGBS) has a number of firms with expertise in working trams and different inexperienced public transport, they usually wish to assist develop such a system in West Bengal, a British envoy mentioned on Monday.
BGBS, West Bengal’s pre-eminent enterprise summit, begins right here on Tuesday.
British Deputy Excessive Commissioner for East and North-East India, Andrew Fleming, famous that trams are nonetheless working in lots of cities within the UK in addition to in south London.
“We’re happy that our delegation to BGBS consists of a number of firms with expertise in working trams and different inexperienced public transport. They are going to be able to assist in the motion of individuals within the cities and cities of West Bengal,” Fleming mentioned.
The tram is a particular function and image of Kolkata’s heritage, he mentioned, earlier than boarding a particular tram run by the West Bengal Transport Division from Tollygunge to Ballygunge, a distance of about 5 km within the southern a part of the town.
The British delegation at BGBS can also be accompanied by a small variety of local weather specialists and UK-based firms engaged on web zero, photo voltaic vitality, sustainable urbanization, clear mobility, air air pollution and local weather motion.
An ‘adaa’ (interactive session) was organized between members of the UK delegation and senior officers of the state transport division, together with its secretary Soumitra Mohan, through the 50-minute tram journey.
On the sidelines of the occasion, Mohan advised PTI that the tram is a part of Kolkata’s heritage.
“We’re all excited concerning the Kolkata Tramway, which was began in 1873 and has been working constantly since 1880 beginning with horse-drawn carriages. Later trams have been additionally powered by steam and have been lastly upgraded to electrical mode which we nonetheless see right now,” he mentioned.
Mohan additionally mentioned that the tram is now the cleanest mode of transport within the metropolis.
“We’re fascinated about defending this heritage, however whereas doing so, we have to discover a steadiness relating to the rising site visitors within the metropolis as tramways, most of the time, have been liable for accidents, particularly two-wheelers.” The Minister of Transport added.
A particular Puja Prakirama tram was operated by the West Bengal Transport Division through the Durga Puja pageant final month.
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