Electric Tram In Chandni Chowk Delhi, Old Postcard 1910
An old rare 1910 postcard of the Electric Tram at Chandni Chowk in Delhi. Here the electric tram car is travelling seemingly at full capacity in Chandni Chowk. The street looks a little bare at that time, unlike what it is today, heavily congested and overcrowded. In fact, that was the very reason, the Delhi Electric Tram had to discontinue operations in 1963, because of congestion.
It was commissioned by Viceroy Lord Hardinge, and started its operations in 1908. It plied the routes of Esplanade Road, Queen’s Way, Minto Road, Connaught Circus, Fatehpuri, Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid, Sadar Bazaar, and so on. As it progressed and by 1921 there were around 25 trams linking important places in Old Delhi and New Delhi. Chandni Chowk was built by Shah Jahan’s daughter Jahanara Begum in the 17th century. Click on the photo for better view.
Did you know – unlike the trams in Bombay, Calcutta, and Madras all of which started with horse-drawn tramways. In Delhi, it began with the electric tramway.
From the collection – M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal Drawing 1964 (#19)., Bhuleshwar Street Bombay Mumbai 1870 Old Photo., British Era Madras Boat Club Annual Regatta, 1912., Earliest Motor Car In Colaba Bombay – Old Photo 1900.