What is Tramjatra?

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The Tramjatra is a travelling carnival to celebrate 150 years of Kolkata’s iconic tram.

About Tramjatra:

  • It seeks to educate the younger generation about climate change, air pollution and sustainable development.
  • It will also call upon the West Bengal government to preserve the historic mode of transport.
  • It is a moving tram carnival that was started back in 1996 jointly by enthusiasts from Melbourne and Kolkata.
  • At the time, Kolkata, the only Indian city where the tram still runs, was home to about two dozen routes. Today, the number of routes that remain operational has shrunk to just two. 
  • The theme of the 2023 Tramjatra will be Heritage, Clean Air and Green Mobility.


Q1) Which cities have trams in India?

Trams in India were established in the mid 19th century. Horse-drawn trams were introduced in Kolkata in 1873 and Electric trams were started in Chennai in 1895. Trams were introduced in Mumbai, Nashik, Kanpur, Kochi, Patna and Bhavnagar but were discontinued in most Indian cities between 1930 and 1960, leaving only Kolkata. It is currently the only operating tram network in India and is the oldest operating electric tram in Asia, having run since 1902.

Source: The Hindu