Double-decker buses are set to make a comeback to the streets of Kolkata as the West Bengal government’s transport department has procured 10 buses.
An official told TOI,
“The government is procuring 10 double-decker buses which comply to latest provisions of the relevant Motor Vehicle Rules and latest emission standards. These will be modern buses and used for operations within the city. The new buses will either be BS IV complaint, or a higher version if applicable.”
The buses will be equipped with destination boards, automatic doors, CCTV cameras and seat belts. While half of them will reportedly be closed-roof, rest will have open-top decks for tourism.
Double-decker buses were first introduced in the city in 1926, with the first route being established between Kalighat and Shyambazar. Later routes included Golpark-Dunlop and Thakurpukur-Howrah. The government started phasing out double-deckers in the 1990s and at present, the city has only one double-decker bus which plies to Eco Park.