Transportation inside Kolkata
Kolkata is one of the most important cities of India. Lakhs of people regularly visit this place. They have to travel a lot inside the city and the distance between one end of the city to the other is also not a little one to be crossed in minutes. So a huge transportation network is required inside the city. Recently the Public transportation facilities in Kolkata is provided by the Kolkata suburban railway, the Kolkata Metro, trams and buses. There re many facilities for transportation inside Kolkata but still some people feel that the transport facilities in Kolkata are inadequate awhile some prefer private cars or bikes for transportation inside the city rather than public transport.
Kolkata Metro facilities
The Kolkata metro services started in the year 1984. It is the oldest underground metro system of the country. The metro railways in Kolkata runs parallel to the river Hooghly and it extends to a length of 22.3 km inside the city. New lines for Metros are under construction for a better Metro railway service in Kolkata. Lines for Howrah is also being build now and Bidhanagar too. The newly developed place Rajarhat has also a proposal for a Metro Railway service which is expected to be completed by 2013. New air conditioned metro railways are also coming in which will be much more cost effective than using air conditioned buses and taxis as well as it will save time. The Metro railway is the most preferred public transport system in Kolkata. To reach one place to another it takes just a few minutes by a Metro rail where as it takes hours in buses or trams or taxis. The most important advantage for the people who travel in Metros are they don't have to stick in Traffic Signals or the regular jams in Kolkata. Again one will also be saved from the pollution inside the city. People in Kolkata are now proposing to have metro facilities all over the city which is expected to be done by 2015.
Buses are also one of the most preferred mode of transport for the people of Kolkata and it is run by both Private owners as well as the government of Kolkata. Nowadays new kinds of Buses are entering into the transportation network of Kolkata which produces less pollution inside the city as well as more efficient. This efficiency of the new buses helps them to fight the hiking fuel prices and helps in maintaining the fares of the buses, thus keeping the customers satisfied. People travelling by buses are not satisfied enough in Kolkata. They want many changes in the bus service. The roads should be different for buses for transportaion but again buses are really helpful for the people. The mini buses in Kolkata are run by the private operators in Kolkata. There were also Double decker buses in Kolkata which now we can not see much. A new reform has been bought by the Kolkata government in the transportation by buses to reduce the level of pollution of the city by permanent ban of buses more than 15 years of age which is for both private as well as government buses.
Tram facility in Kolkata
Kolkata is the only city in India with the tram facilities and it this facility is the a memory for the Kolkata people for the old Kolkata. Trams in Kolkata are run by the Calcutta Tramways Company. Trams are now used very less as they are very slow and takes a huge time. Though it is preferred during traffic jams. There are several disadvantages of this form of transportation in Kolkata. During the winters the roads in Kolkata get blocked with water and that time the Trams in Kolkata can not operate. This is the worst Disadvantage of the Tram Facility of Kolkata.
Auto rickshaws, Taxis and rickshaws in Kolkata
Taxis and auto rickshaws are also preferred by the public for transportation. Taxis are a form of luxury transportation in Kolkata which every one in the city cannot afford. The taxis and autos of Kolkata run in meter and they have a tendency to cheat customers. So a customer should always be alert while hiring a taxi for him/her. There are also blue arrow taxis which are newly launched and they reach to you just by a phone call. These are Air conditioned taxis which provide a little more comfort and are normally Tata Indica or Indigos. Normal taxis are typical old Ambassadors which are yellow in colour. Hand pulled rickshaws are also seen in Kolkata specially in the Bara Bazar area which is a preserver of traditional values of Kolkata. This for is normally preferred by the people who use short distances.
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All trams are not like this. Only one or two are there which can be rarely seen.