Double-decker buses may return to Kolkata roads again

West Bengal Transport Minister Subhendu Adhikari said on Wednesday that the State government is toying with the idea of reintroducing double-decker buses in the city with a new feature — these buses would be open-top like those in London.

There are plans to ply four to five double-decker buses initially and the Transport Secretary was sent to London to do a survey, Mr. Adhikari said in the Assembly.

He later told reporters that these buses would have no roof like those in London and that it was not decided yet whether these buses would be for tourists visiting the city.

The Transport Minister said bid quotes would also have to obtained from the bus manufacturers.

Double-decker buses used to ply in the city earlier but the services were phased out.

During the Question Hour session, Mr. Adhikari said during Left Front rule, the State transport corporations had a total of 2,500 buses. At present, the number has gone up to 3,200 despite withdrawing old and rickety buses from the roads.

He said helicopter services would start at Purulia and Tarapith from Kolkata soon.

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