|Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, today laid the foundation stone for two Institutes of Driving and Traffic Research at Bahadurgarh and Rohtak. Mr Shinzo Nakanishi, Managing Director and CEO, Maruti Suzuki India Limited was present on the occasion. Maruti Suzuki will set up, manage and run the institutes in the two towns. An array of senior state government officials and other dignitaries graced the occasion.
The two institutes will form an integral part of Maruti Suzuki's ongoing corporate social responsibility initiative - the National Road Safety Mission - announced in December 2008. Under the National Road Safety Mission (NRSM) the company plans to train 5 lakh persons in road safety across India in the next 3 years.
Speaking on the occasion, Haryana's Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda said, "Growth of any region, to a large extent, depends on the availability of transport facilities. Hence, it is crucial that these facilities expand quickly. These Driving Training Institutes being started with Maruti Suzuki will not only give driving training but will also sensitize the learners towards various aspects of road usage and safety. Each center centers would annually train around 12,000 persons."
On the occasion Maruti Suzuki Managing Director and CEO Mr Shinzo Nakanishi said, "Road safety is an integral part of Maruti Suzuki's Social Responsibility. The company has been promoting safer driving practices through different formats such as IDTRs and Maruti Driving Schools. We realize that as a subject, road safety is very vast and requires an integrated approach of different stakeholders such as public, vehicle manufacturers, the government, civil society etc. We hope that our initiative with Haryana Government will be a catalyst for other organizations to join the road safety effort in the country.
In addition to imparting motor driving skills and technical training to the public, IDTR Haryana would also assist, advice and support the Haryana government in activities that contribute to safety on roads and facilitate in improving the transport system in the state.
While the state-of-the-art Bahadurgarh IDTR is spread over 12 acres, the Rohtak facility sprawls 17.5 acres. Both the institutes will offer class room training as well as test tracks for enhancing driving skills. Maruti Suzuki will, in fact, bring in advanced training module that is based on international lines. Advanced driving simulators will help impart training in safe environment. Arrangement of hostel for learners would be an added advantage. In addition, these facilities would also house a 'vehicle tester line' for vehicle fitness which would evaluate older vehicles for their suitability to ply on roads.
Once fully operational, these two IDTRs are expected to train around 3,000 candidates monthly in road safety. Maruti Suzuki presently operates two IDTRs in Delhi and trains around 5,000 monthly.
Maruti Suzuki National Road Safety Mission
Maruti Suzuki has been playing a leading role for many years now in promoting road safety and safe driving in the country.
Taking forward its Road Safety initiatives, Maruti Suzuki recently unveiled a National Road Safety Mission (NRSM) programme. Under the mission the company targets to train 500,000 people in safe driving in the next 3 years across India. Of the 500,000 people to be trained, at least 100,000 will be from underprivileged section of society, who are keen to take driving as a profession.
NRSM works on the principle of public-private partnership and looks forward to sensitize people across the country about various aspects of safe driving and road safety. Going forward, IDTRs would evolve training facility for the 'Driving Trainers'.
Crucially, this mission will enhance the employability of the jobless youth in the region as the IDTRs, apart from providing 'safe' driving training to existing and prospective drivers, will also impart training on the technical and mechanical aspects in a vehicle.
While utilizing the existing 2 Institutes of Driving Training and Research (IDTR) in Delhi and the 47 Maruti Driving Schools (MDS) across the country the company plans to enter into partnerships with state governments for more IDTRs and with its dealers for more MDS.