Witnessing the history on wheels

CTC Heritage

It was not only Bengal’s battle of Plassey which jerked the whole nation but also it was the Tram which made the Kolkatans dumbfounded.Ever since the first Horse drawn Tram carriages hit the rails,a new era of history was created.Amidst lot of hurdles,barriers,& setbacks,this tireless gentleman has stood firmly tall witnessing the golden decades of our history through its wheels.Infact Tram can be considered as one aspect which gives the city a charm of publicity.Series of transformations & renovations from horses to electricity has never deprived the Tram of its luxorious,easy going lifestyle profitably status.Tied with an ecofriendly tag ,Tram has never seemed shabby & sluggish meandering smoothly through the lush greens,madding crowds & the jammed traffics.Kolkatan Tram has unheralded a new chapter in the transport sector where the euphoria of the younger ones has changed to aversion and ridicule as he grew up older.

Although Kolkatan tram has entered into its 3rd century,yet it has been able to maintain its much touted hype,sheer & still attracts people to have a smooth silk glide on it’s carriages.Tramcars evoke poetry which often remains incomprehensible in words.

Really indeed, Tram lends Kolkata an old world charm and add to the romantic element to the city.This slow moving ,electrical reptile in narrow and crowded streets completes the ultimate attraction of the city .Having glided down the rails as a historian witness,Tram has itself been turned into an immemorial heritage for which the whole Kolkatans will be proud of.

The basic objective of the organization is as follows:

  1. To promote and operate Public Transport as a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU).
  1. To develop infrastructure commensurate to increasing passenger demands in road transport.
  1. To provide employment for the unemployed youth in the Road Transport Sector through STU.


Brief history of the Organization

The Calcutta Tramways Company (1978) Ltd., an undertaking of the Government of West Bengal, was established in the year 1881.   It was taken over by the Govt. of West Bengal in the year 1967 (taking over the management) and the acquisition of undertaking was made from 1976 through West Bengal Act XXXIII of 1978 published in Calcutta Gazette on 29.03.1979 named as CTC acquisition of undertaking amendment Act 1978 with provision of Companies Act, 1956.

The first Tram services was run in Kolkata on February 1873 with horse-drawn Tram Car and through changes in different phases over last 140 years. This Company is now providing electrically operated Tram services with a fleet 270 Tram Cars over a stretch of 57.17 km double track (out of which about 3.2 km. are reserved and rest portions are un-reserved and mostly concretized) along with introduction of air-conditioned Tram. The entire operation of CTC is managed and controlled from its 9 depots, one central workshop under the over-all control of the central administration. In Nov 1992 CTC started bus services in addition to tram services to utilize surplus staff.