Driving institutes to come up in districts
The Institute would provide several facilities like classrooms equipped with the latest training aids and computerised systems, workshops for practical demonstrations, an electronic display room, eye- testing and blood-grouping facility and a computerised system for theory test, simulator test and result processing.
Hyderabad: In order to check the growing road accidents and improve road safety, the Department of Transport is planning to set up an Institute of Driving, Training and Research (IDTR) in all the 10 districts of Telangana.
According to a senior official in the Department, the Union Ministry of Roads, Transport and Highways had recently sanctioned Rs 16 crore for setting up of an IDTR at Mandepalli under Sircilla mandal in Karimnagar district. It would provide scientifically engineered training and testing tracks of international standards, simulators and a fleet of well-maintained vehicles of various categories. “Light and heavy motor vehicle simulators will give a lot of confidence to the trainees before getting on to the roads,” said the official.”
The Institute would provide several facilities like classrooms equipped with the latest training aids and computerised systems, workshops for practical demonstrations, an electronic display room, eye- testing and blood-grouping facility and a computerised system for theory test, simulator test and result processing. According to official data available with the Transport Department, as many as 60,000 people had lost their lives on State and national highways every year in the State. Lack of proper driving skills and poor road safety and traffic management were said to be reasons for the spurt in road accidents.
The centrally sanctioned facility at Sircilla will cost Rs 16.48 crore. Ashok Leyland under the public- private partnership mode came forward to support it. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed to this effect. Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT), Pune, has been selected as a consultant to the project for which it will be paid 0.5 per cent of the sanctioned grant towards fee. The amount would be released to them in phases.
Drivers would be trained to hone their skills on different types of surfaces like straight roads, hump roads, four and six lane highways, three point turn, S-Shape, hill track, etc.
State Transport Minister P Mahender Reddy said the government was taking up all steps to check the road accidents in the State.