Uttarakhand has decided to replace the names of its railway stations in Urdu with Sanskrit, the second official language of the hill state. An official said the move is in line with the Railway Manual which says the name of a railway station on platform signboards should be written in the second official language of the state concerned after Hindi and English.
“Instead of Hindi, English, and Urdu, the names of railway stations on platform signboards across Uttarakhand will now be written in Hindi, English and Sanskrit, said Deepak Kumar, Chief Public Relations Officer, Northern Railway.
“Since Sanskrit is the second official language of Uttarakhand, the names of railway stations written in Urdu on platform signboards in the state will be replaced with those in Sanskrit,” the official said.
The names of railway stations in Uttarakhand on platform signboards still appear in Urdu as most of them belong to the period when the state was part of Uttar Pradesh where Urdu is the second official language.
However, as per rules of the Railway Manual, the appropriate change should have been made on these signboards in 2010 after Sanskrit was made the second official language of the state, he said. Sanskrit was made the second official language of Uttarakhand in 2010 during the chief ministership of Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, who is now Union HRD Minister.
However, not much will change in the spelling of the names of railway stations in Uttarakhand when they are written in Sanskrit as both Hindi and Sanskrit use the same Devnagri script.
(With inputs from agencies)