Double-decker buses in Kolkata are coming back. As per reports, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has unveiled two open-roof double-decker buses yesterday. As per officials, the buses will boost tourism and make Durga Puja a memorable for visitors.
For now, the buses will be in use for puja parikrama, and later tourism purposes. Also, the last double-decker bus went off city roads in 2005.
According to an official from the transport department, the buses will be in use for hop-on-hop-off tours later on. For now, it will be only for pandal hopping and puja parikrama. As per the government, these are not for public transport. It will be in use to boost tourism by offering hop-on and hop-off tours.
Also, the new double-decker buses will come with destination boards, automatic doors, CCTV cameras, and panic buttons.
So, the operations and maintaince of the buses will be by the West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation (WBTDC). Although the buses were originally bought by the West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC), the transfer will be done to WBTDC.
The future of double-deckers will, however, depend on the successful trial run of these two double-decker buses.
This year, keeping the pandemic in mind, Durga puja in Kolkata experience will be from the buses.
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