BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: This Durga Puja, you can enjoy Puja Parikrama in Kolkata on open-roof double-decker buses. And if you visit the City of Joy after the festival and want to take a tour of Kolkata and see the landmark places, then you can also hop into these two blue-and-white painted double-decker buses. On Tuesday, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated two double-decker buses in Kolkata.
The double-decker buses are making a return to the roads of Kolkata after 15 years. In 2005, when Left government was in power, they decided to stop the services due to the pollution and high intake of fuel.
After the Puja Parikrama, the buses will take passengers to important landmarks in Kolkata such as Victoria Memorial, Fort William, Town Hall, GPO, Old Currency Building, Princep Ghat, National Library and others. Mamata also said that the state secretariat Nabanna shouldn’t be left in the route too. The authorities will revise the route and include more landmarks depending on the demand.
Mamata said such bus services are found on the streets of London. “Such buses are usually seen in London. The booking can be done online from October 23,” she said.
The first service would be available from 10 am-1.30 pm, and the next would start from 11.30 am – 2.30 pm. The folk artistes of Bengal will perform on the bus to showcase the culture of the state, the CM said.
Mamata also doled out another puja gift for the Bengal youths. She announced that Amazon has set up a logistic hub in Uluberia in Howrah. She said in March, e-commerce giant Flipkart has already set up a logistic hub in Bengal.