Kolkata: The night bus and tram services have been introduced on Wednesday.
Suvendu Adhikari, the state Transport minister, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, minister of state for the Youth Services and Sports department, Mayor (Howrah Municipal Corporation)Rathin Chakraborty and Alapan Bandyopadhyay, Additional Chief Secretary, flagged off the buses in a programme held at the bus terminus adjacent to Howrah Station.
The buses, armed with proper security arrangements, will be plying on different routes in the city, including Howrah Station to Kolkata Airport via Kankurgachi, Howrah Station to Kolkata Airport via Barrackpore, etc.
The main idea is to make bus available even at night, so that people do not face trouble after reaching the major stations in and around the city. The buses will also be plying on routes connecting Sealdah Station and the southern parts of the city. There will also be buses which will be connecting the extreme north of the city with the southern fringes. The special buses for the night service will be operating from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. The tram service will be available from Belgachia to Esplanade.
There will be an additional employee in the bus to assist passengers if needed. The real-time position of the buses can also be tracked using the Pathadisha app.
There will be all sorts of security arrangements in place, so that no untoward incident takes place when the buses ply at night.