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Bijapur or Vijayapura?

Firoz Rozindar
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The city service buses introduced by NEKRTC in Bijapur have ‘Vijayapura’ on their name plate.
The city service buses introduced by NEKRTC in Bijapur have ‘Vijayapura’ on their name plate.

Has Bijapur town been renamed Vijayapura? If one were to go by the name painted on the buses of the North East Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NEKRTC), one may believe it to be true. The new buses sport the name of ‘Vijayapura Nagara Sarige’ (Vijayapura City Transport).

However, the change of name is not official, as one RTI activist M.S. Janvekar found out.

He petitioned the government to know whether Bijapur’s name had been changed; the government said no such order had been received. Neither did the Cabinet discuss the issue. Deputy Commissioner’s office too came up with a similar answer to another RTI query. The office told Mr. Janvekar that it did not receive any such instructions to change the city’s name.

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