Kolkata has converted the Gariahat tram depot to a cultural Centre. Kolkata’s ‘Tram World’ will display old items dating back to the time when trams were a major mode of transport.
Kolkata is one city in India continuously looking for ways to convert waste into art. Kolkata’s ‘Tram World’ is another such example. This time, the city has transformed a tram depot into a cultural centre giving the name ‘Tram World’
Gariahat tram depot’ used to be a dump yard just two months ago. The depot had 24 trams that stayed junked here, along with liquor bottles hidden with wild grass. However, the depot is now ready to be the counterpart of ‘Kala Ghoda of Mumbai’ and ‘India Habitat Centre’ in New Delhi.
The ‘Tram World’ is open for the public from December 22, 2020. Out of the 24 trams, 12 are open for display. They exhibit the items and pictures from yesteryears to instill nostalgia about the time of “trams’. The place has converted old tram bogeys, built in the year 1938, into zones of art, music, photos, museum, and food.
The display has been kept original, aiming to give visitors a feel of a time machine. There’s a section for car lovers too, where vintage cars will be displayed.
The depot will convert into a full-fledged cultural center by mid-March. It will also include a food court and craft shops. The craft shops will sell patachitra, dokra art, and Darjeeling tea. A space for literature festivals and art exhibitions will be available at the center.
The Tram World Centre is an initiative of West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC). It is open for eight hours (10 am to 6 pm) with a ticket costing Rs 30.