Even as the Pandit Nehru Bus Station (PNBS) in the city has been renovated recently, it lacks proper sign boards with destination names written in Telugu, causing inconvenience to the passengers, especially rural people. The situation is worse at the city bus port where all the signboards are in English.
The PNBS, including the new city bus port, has been renovated with modern facilities at a cost of Rs 10 crore, to act as a gateway for the capital city of Amaravati. Recently, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu inaugurated the city bus port, developed with Rs 1.2 crore.
However, the state government, which boasts of preserving Telugu language and heritage, failed to ensure that the signboards are written in Telugu. Such apathy also on part of the APSRTC only led to more confusion among the commuters and became a hurdle for people in catching the right bus.
“It is tough to catch the right bus here, as the names of destinations on the signboards installed at the city bus port are not written in Telugu. We have to enquire with people, who can read English, to know the details about arrival and departure of the buses. Even then, confusion remains until we reach our destination," said V Koteswaramma, a native of A Konduru village.
Ramya Bharati Sahitya Vedika founder secretary Ch Prakash condemned the callousness of the APSRTC management in installing signboards in Telugu on the PNBS premises. “We are not against the development of the bus stand, but we want the signboards with destination names written both in English and Telugu, for the convenience of passengers arriving in the city for Krishna Pushkarams." A representation would be submitted to the officials concerned on behalf of the language lovers to install signboards in Telugu, he added.
When contacted, APSRTC regional manager (Krishna) PV Rama Rao told Media that they came to know about the plight of commuters with regard to language and assured to replace the existing signboards with instructions written both in Telugu and English.