BMC to restore Mumbai’s historic tram

By the year-end, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will refurbish the tram which was bought from Kolkata in 1993 will be placed for public viewing at Bhatia Baug


The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to restore the city’s historic tram by the year-end. The refurbished mass public transport system which started its operation in the pre-Independence era will be placed for the public viewing at Bhatia Baug, beside Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSTM).

Recently, the BMC Commissioner gave a nod to the proposal of placing the tram at the park. According to the civic officials, they would get the chassis of the tram from Anik depot and tenders would be floated to manufacture its body. The cost of restoring the tram is reported to be approximately ₹14 lakh.

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The trams last ran in 1964 but in 1993, former BEST General Manager Manmohan Singh got a tram transported from Kolkata and kept at Anik depot. However, the condition of the tram deteriorated over the years as it was kept in open. This particular tram used to be operated from 1874 to 1907 in Calcutta. A miniature of the same tram is on a display at the BEST museum at Anik depot.

One of the officials said that the work on assembling the tram will be done in an attractive manner at BMC’s Worli workshop. He added that tram can accommodate around 32 passengers, hence they want to replicate the same so that tourists and locals can sit in it and take pictures. 

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The civic body is planning to place it in such a way that people who will pass Dr Dadabhai Naoroji Road—which is an arterial road in Fort area—will get a view of it as well. 

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