Reading books and listening to music are two of our favourite things to do on a commute. But how cool would it be if the transport service itself had a wide selection of books as well as free Wi-fi to download e-books? West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC) is doing just that with a tram library!
According to India Today, Kolkata’s trams have inaugurated a library on wheels and free Wi-fi for students travelling between Shyambazar and Esplanade i.e. College street.
The 4.5 km stretch is home to over 30 educational institutions (Calcutta University, Presidency University, Scottish Church College, Hindu School, Hare School, Calcutta Girls’ School etc) which is why the tram library will have books, magazines, and resources for competitive examinations such as the civil services, WBCS, GRE or GMAT.
Hindustan Times quoted managing director Rajanvir Singh Kapur saying,
“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. We are also planning book reading sessions, book launches, and literary festivals in the tram library in the future.”
In a first of its kind, #WestBengal Transport Corporation is all set to introduce Kolkata’s first-ever tram library. IN PICS 📸: https://t.co/BLrt5NR7hC #Kolkata #Library #Books pic.twitter.com/rKUjtPKaOC
— moneycontrol (@moneycontrolcom) September 24, 2020
What a cool idea!