ST buses to have 'visible-in-the-dark' destination boards

Move comes after one of the MSRTC top bosses faced hardship while travelling across rural areas due to poorly visible boards

While the commoners had been suffering and complaining about it for ages, the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) recently woke up to fact that unclear destination boards, placed atop windshields of its 17,000-odd state transport (ST) buses are unreadable and were adding to commuting woes. It has now decided to give these boards a facelift.

Face lift: The fluorescent display boards that will be placed atop
windshields of the ST buses. Pic /Bipin Kokate

The move comes after one of their top bosses, Deepak Kapoor, vice chairperson and managing director, experienced commuting woes during his recent visit to Vidarbha and Chandrapur. According to sources, Kapoor found it extremely difficult to identify route-specific ST buses, as destinations mentioned on the boards were hardly visible.

Sources added that the decision to enhance the present boards was taken after Kapoor, during one of his journeys in Vidarbha, discovered that the destination boards on buses were hardly visible in the dark. He then asked engineers and officials responsible for these works to carry out necessary changes.

"We informed him that the best option is to have fluorescent paint on the display board, which will shine in the dark and remain visible for passengers," said a senior MSRTC official, requesting anonymity.

The work of redoing the destination boards started earlier this month, and the deadline for completing the entire fleet has been set for February 25.

While the installation of the new destination boards is being outsourced to a private agency, which is already in the process of introducing them in 5,000-odd buses, sources added that initially when they used fluorescent paint, they discovered that it hardly served the purpose. "We will be adding radium stickers to the fluorescent paint on the display boards to make them visible," said another MSRTC official.

Despite repeated attempts Kapoor remained unavailable for comment.

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