Tram­car Restau­rant

Ra­jen Bali

TravTalk - India - - 23 YEARS AGO -

Cal­cutta is the only city in In­dia where trams still ply and are pop­u­lar as a means of trans­port. They are so much a part of Cal­cutta’s his­tory that a spe­cial horse-drawn tram­car at­tracted large crowds when it was run as a part of Cal­cutta’s tri­cen­te­nary.

SM Gani, who has taken over as the Re­gional Di­rec­tor, Govern­ment of In­dia Tourist Of­fice, Cal­cutta has come up with an ex­tremely novel and bril­liant idea. He has put for­ward the pro­posal that a ‘ tram­car be fab­ri­cated with a pantry and all other in­fra­struc­ture re­quired to run as a mo­bile restau­rant on a spec­i­fied route per­haps from the Es­planade to the Birla Plan­e­tar­ium.’

The mat­ter is un­der dis­cus­sion be­tween the Depart­ment of Tourism Govern­ment of In­dia, West Ben­gal Tourism and Cal­cutta Tramways. The de­sign is be­ing con­sid­ered and thought is be­ing given to over­come the pe­cu­liar en­gi­neer­ing prob­lems of pro­vid­ing air­con­di­tion­ing on DC cur­rent. Among the fea­tures sought to be in­cor­po­rated are big ‘sight-see­ing’ win­dows, com­fort­able seat­ing and ad­e­quate space for guests. Per­haps be­ing the only pro­ject of its kind, it will take off quite some time for the idea to be­come a re­al­ity. But the mat­ter is be­ing pro­gressed.

Ef­forts are also be­ing made to in­volve some big air­line or other in­ter­ested par­ties to co- spon­sor the pro­ject. One hopes that the sheer nov­elty of the idea will ap­peal to some­one. It would be a tremen­dous op­por­tu­nity for ad­ver­tis­ing. The tram­cars are al­ready a very pop­u­lar ad­ver­tis­ing medium. All credit to Gani for com­ing up with this idea. One hopes that the day is not far when one can savour culi­nary de­lights while en­joy­ing the view of the Vic­to­ria Me­mo­rial, gen­tly rolling along in the tram­car restau­rant.

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