Srinagar: The official language of the state, Urdu, is nowhere to be seen on the few signboards that have come up across Nallamar Road in Srinagar city.
Apparently installed by the Roads and Buildings department the signboards carry location names in English.
Residents and commuters said the signboards were welcome but many rued the absence of Urdu language.
“These boards were installed in the month of January this year”, said a local shopkeeper at Kawdara area of Srinagar. “These should be installed everywhere at the main squares so that commuters don’t face difficulties in reaching destination they are not familiar with.”
Other residents said that not everyone in familiar with English.
“The names of the area should be written in Urdu in addition to English,” a commuter at Nawa Kadal said.
Muhammad Shafi, a resident of Safa Kadal had similar views.
“Urdu is vital in these sign boards as it is the official language of the state and the concerned authorities should have written the Urdu language on these boards,” he said.
While the signboards carried the mark R&B DIV.IST in the top right corner, Exective Engineer Asgar Ali Watali said he was not aware about them.
“We haven’t installed any board recently there as these are old boards and I don’t have any information regarding this,” Watali said.
He however said that he could get Urdu added to the signboards.