In a boon for bibliophiles and students, Kolkata is all set to get a first-of-its-kind tram library along the College Street route. According to a top official, the specially designed tram library will be inaugurated on Thursday.
The 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, West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC) managing director Rajanvir Singh Kapur said.
The specially designed tram library will travel regularly between Shyambazar and Esplanade, traversing 4.5 km through the city’s education hub- College Street, Kapur said.
“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,” Kapur said.
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,” 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.
Inputs: India Today