Kolkata gets its very own 'Tram Museum' based on Freedom Struggle
The Transport Ministry with the Arts and Heritage Trust of West Bengal inaugurated a Tram Museum based on India's freedom struggle on the occasion of the 75th Independence day.
Kolkata is now home to a tram library. It goes to and fro from Shyambazar and Esplanade on daily basis. The fare is just Rs.20 and the journey will cover the famous streets like Hedua, College Street and Hatibagan. They have usual books, magazines, books for competitive exams and many more. Also, there is wi-fi on tramcars for passengers' connectivity ease. On the occasion of the 75th Independence day, the Transport Ministry with the Arts and Heritage Trust of West Bengal inaugurated a Tram Museum based on India's freedom struggle.
After the inauguration ceremony, Transport Minister Firhad Hakim took to Twitter to share the pictures. The museum includes photos and details related to the India-Pakistan partition and freedom struggle. The content inside the tram focuses on the key events that occurred during 1900-1947 in India under British rule. Entry to the museum is free. Built inside two tramcars, the museum features freedom struggle in one car and post-partition stories in another.
Today we inaugurated an iconic Museum on Wheels inside the historic trams of Kolkata, commemorating the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence.— FIRHAD HAKIM (@FirhadHakim) August 15, 2021
This museum on wheels has been created by The Arts & Cultural Heritage Trust along with WBTC & will be on display at Esplanade pic.twitter.com/7DTPa6g7ye
Currently, the tram is in Esplanade and will stay there till December 2021. It will move to different parts of the city from January 2022. Bengal and its people have played an essential role in our fight for freedom during colonial rule. It is only fair that now we have a museum in Kolkata based on the freedom struggle. The city of Kolkata is also famous for its trams. The trams are existing in Kolkata since 1902. Recently, to give a history about the trams in Kolkata, the West Bengal Transport Corporation installed some artworks in the trams.