Karnataka to get 5 more heavy vehicle driving institutes: Laxman Savadi | Mangaluru News – Times of India

MANGALURU: Deputy chief minister Laxman Savadi, who is also the minister for transport, said the government will open Heavy Vehicles Driving Institutes (HVDI) at five more places in Karnataka.
Speaking after inaugurating an HVDI at Kamblapadavu in Bantwal taluk near here on Saturday, he said that the state finance department has approved the setting up of such institutes at five more places, at an estimated cost of Rs 15 crore each. An institute at Holalkere will be inaugurated shortly. At present, there are two such centres in Bengaluru and Dharwad.
On the importance of HVDIs, the minister said that the nation has been witnessing an average of 1.5 lakh road accident deaths every year. Hence, all drivers, especially those operating heavy vehicles, must be given proper training, he said.
“The institute has been set up to reduce the number of accidents caused by heavy vehicles, by giving proper training to drivers. We have noticed people follow rules strictly in foreign countries, where drivers are designated as ‘pilots’. We also have to train drivers in a proper way, to reduce accidents and fatalities,” Savadi said.
The maintenance of the HVDI in Kamblapadavu will be handed over to an eligible institute shortly, said the minister. “The HVDI, with an administrative office, driving track, hostel and cafeteria, will help in training more drivers in the region. The institute set up at Rs 15 crore on 10 acres, can impart training to 100 people at a time, along with providing lodging facilities,” he said.
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