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Lost Trams Of Mumbai To Make a Comeback Soon : ByGone Brought Alive

“Kahin Building, Kahin Traame, Kahin Motor, Kahin Mill…” – the vanished trams that the ’60s Bollywood hit had immortalized may soon make a comeback, not in their old trundling form, but in a modern avatar.

In Mumbai, Union Minister for Environment Prakash Javadekar announced that trams may be part of the multi-modal corridor planned between Nariman Point and Kandivali.

The draft notification, he said, “mentioned that the metro, buses and trams could be included… The electric tram runs fast. If anything of that sort is incorporated, it will help the people.”

“I feel trams are good for a crowded city like Mumbai, especially the island city,” Traffic analyst Ashok Datar told NDTV. “It may reduce illegal parking (on the tram tracks)… Also it means less space compared to a Bus Rapid Transport lane.”

Trams are a part of Mumbai’s history. The first horse-drawn service started between Parel and Colaba in 1874. Thirty years later, electric trams replaced them. Double-deck tram services, started in 1920, became an intrinsic part of the city’s landscape – till 1960s, when the service was withdrawn.

Trams have managed to survive in only one Indian city, Kolkata. But this eco-friendly and cheap transport has become a burden on the city’s roads due to lack of modernization.

The sleek modern trams that run in Europe, however, are a different story.

The reaction to the idea is mixed. While some old timers say it would restore memories of the golden era in Mumbai, some feel it’s ridiculous to reintroduce a thing of the past.

“The idea of a tram on the coastal road is a surprise,” said columnist and author Anil Dharkar, calling it a “very exciting idea”.

“I lived opposite the Electric House tram depot. They woke me up every day at 5 am with their clanking noise straight out of a Harry Potter movie,” said advertisement guru Alyque Padamse. “I think it is ridiculous to bring back these slow prehistoric noisy monsters and if they reappear like dinosaurs from the dead, I shall have to reach for my double barrel shot gun!”

Tram transport in India was established by the British in the 19th century. Discontinued in most Indian cities between 1930 and 1960, as of 2015, the Kolkata tram in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is the only public tram system in the country.

Horse-drawn trams were introduced in India in the early 19th century. The first electric tram service was started in Madras (now Chennai) in 1895. Electric trams were subsequently introduced in Kolkata (1900), Mumbai (1907), Kanpur (1907) and Delhi (1908).

The British proposed the introduction of trams in Mumbai (then known as Bombay) in 1864, and the contract was awarded to Stearns and Kitteredge in 1873. The first tram, begun between Parel and Colaba on 9 May 1874, were drawn by six to eight horses. (Stearns and Kitteredge reportedly had a stable of 900 horses when tram service began). Electrified tram service began on 7 May 1907. Double-deck tram service began in September 1920; at the peak of service in 1935, 433 trams ran on 47 kilometres (29 mi) of track. The trams met travellers’ needs until the betterment of the train network in the city; the service closed on 31 March 1964.

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