Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) is all set to bring real-time bus trackers at various stops in the city. The authorities are planning to install a passenger information system display board at 1,000 places, including bus stops and metro stations.
The real-time info system
For now, the city has PIS display boards available only at major bus stations like Majestic and Shanthinagara. BMTC looks to install real-time info systems that will help the tourist track the destination easily. Higher authorities had recently invited a tender to provide information about bus routes, buses available and expected time of arrival. The work is expected to be finalized by the end of February.
“The LED display should have an inbuilt light sensor with continuous variable brightness control to enable the display intensity to change based on ambient light conditions. The display should be easily viewed from 30 meters for single-line text in a day, night and all-weather conditions” read a statement.
Different features in this proposal
It is expected that the buses will be installed with panic buttons and cameras to help women alert the police control room about the incident.
BMTC will also set up 12 video wall/digital display boards and touchscreen kiosks at major bus stations. The kiosks will help passengers and tourists get information about the city, tourist spots, bus routes, tickets, etc.
The video walls will come with real-time transit information which will display information–routes, type of service, fare, seats available, etc.- date &time, public announcements, safety information, and other local tourist information. Other information like helpline numbers and local police numbers will also be displayed.
Information in Hindi
The most interesting thing about this proposed real-time tracker is that it would display the text info in three different languages- Kannada, English, and Hindi. This idea, however, has received a lot of anger amongst the Kannadigas as they hate the idea of putting Hindi in the real-time system. Twitter trends #NammaBMTCHindiBeda.
— ಕನ್ನಡಿಗ ಹನುಮೇಶ (@hsKannadiga) January 31, 2020
ಬಿಎಂಟಿಸಿಯ ಮಾಹಿತಿ ಫಲಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಯಾವುದೇ ಕಾರಣಕ್ಕೂ ಹಿಂದಿ ಬಳಸಬಾರದು. ಹಾಗೆ ಬಳಸವುದಾದರೆ ಹಿಂದಿ ಭಾಷಿಕ ರಾಜ್ಯಗಳ ಸಾರಿಗೆ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯಲ್ಲೂ ಕನ್ನಡ ಬಳಸಲಿ. ಅಲ್ಲೂ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಅದೂ ಅಲ್ಲದೇ ಕನ್ನಡವೂ ಹಿಂದಿಯಂತೆ ಅಧಿಕೃತ ಭಾಷೆ. ಹಿಂದಿ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರ ಭಾಷೆಯಾದರೆ ಕನ್ನಡವೂ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರ ಭಾಷೆ#stophindiimposition #NammaBMTCHindiBeda
— Rajath Gowda (@rajathnrp) January 31, 2020
Any attempt to cram Hindi in BMTC will be fought tooth and nail by Kannadigas. The victory of #NammaMetroHindiBeda is still fresh in our minds. Try as much as can, we’ll never budge. Hindi has no business in Kannadigas’ capital. Period #NammaBMTCHindiBeda
— Ramachandra.M/ ರಾಮಚಂದ್ರ.ಎಮ್ (@nanuramu) January 31, 2020
Bureaucratic decisions to include Hindi in Bengaluru's public transport is not demand driven. It's top-down imposition. State government should stick to bilingual policy. If multilingual service is novel, Centre should provide it first. States will follow #NammaBMTCHindiBeda
— Rakshith ಪೊನ್ನಾಥಪುರ (@PonnathPuraaNa) January 31, 2020
#NammaBMTCHindiBeda who took such idiotic decision to inclde #Hindiimposition in @BMTC_BENGALURU do any south indian city providing Hindi in intra city bus services. First of all these BIMARU migrants are unwelcome guests & U want to give services in their lang, stupidity to core
— ಶ್ರೀನಿವಾಸ್ (@SRINIVASHK64) January 31, 2020
This is not the first time Bengaluru objected to the idea of bringing Hindi in signboards. Previously, a similar incident was reported when Namma Metro had proposed to introduce the Hindi language in Metro premise announcements, signage, display boards at stations, etc. The event witnessed a huge protest by some Kannada groups who demanded immediate action over the decision. Though, they said that they are not against Hindi or Hindi speaking people but did not want the imposition of Hindi through Namma Metro.