For the first time ever in 15 years, Kolkata has brought back its iconic double-decker buses that will be used for pandal hopping during Durga Puja this year, and later for tourism purpose as well. By Amitha Ameen

It was back in the 1920s when Kolkata had first witnessed the emergence of the now-iconic double-decker buses, which were gradually phased out during the ’90s, and eventually, the last one was taken off the city’s roads somewhere in 2005. Now, the open-roof double-decker buses are all set to make a comeback during Durga Puja, which will not only serve as a memorable trip but one filled with nostalgia as well.

The buses were unveiled by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday. “Such buses are usually seen in London and will be used here for hop-on-hop-off tours. The booking can be done online from October 23,” she said during the inaugural event. (As reported by Hindustan Times)

These buses will be used for pandal hopping and then later to boost tourism in the city. The hop-on-hop-off bus service will pass by the iconic monuments like the Writers’ Building, GPO, and Victoria Memorial, and more landmarks will be added as and when demand rises. “Folk artists will perform on the bus to showcase the culture of Bengal,” added the CM. (As reported in Hindustan Times)

The new buses will be painted blue and white, and will feature destination boards, automatic doors, CCTV cameras, and a panic button. The 51-seater bus will have 16 seats on the upper deck. Another noteworthy element is that the buses will be BS-IV compliant. The very reason why the older ones were phased out was mainly because they were uneconomical and very polluting.

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