Watch: Mumbai was once covered with tramways (which may be coming back)
A nostalgic trip on the financial capital's first form of local public transport.
It’s been more than half a century since the last tram ran on the streets of Mumbai at 10pm on March 31, 1964. But the financial capital’s tramways continue to live on. Speaking about Mumbai’s coastal road project in 2015, Union Minister for Environment Prakash Javadekar had announced that trams may be part of the planned transport project between Nariman Point and Kandivali. Last year, tram routes which had been hidden for over six decades were discovered near Mumbai’s Flora Fountain.
Now, a new video (above) by Nook & Cranny Films celebrates the storied history of the city’s tramways, which were pulled by horses when they began. While much of the information contained in the video is well-known, like the fact that the BEST was once called the Bombay Electric Supply & Transport Company, it functions as a mini-tour of the BEST museum that celebrates the history of the transport company.