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A new driver training institute

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Transport Secretary, Rajeev Talwar (right), shakes hand with R. Seshasayee, M.D, Ashok Leyland, after signing a MoU for a joint venture driving school, in the presence of the Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, in New Delhi on Thursday . Photo: San deep Saxena

NEW DELHI, SEPT. 2. Terming the continued increase in the number of road accidents across the Capital as "shameful'', the Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, today called for reversing this trend with enhanced road safety measures in place. The Delhi Government, Ms. Dikshit said, had taken a major initiative in this regard by going in for government-private partnership for training of drivers who operate on the city roads.

Applauding the establishment of a Motor Driving Training Institute at Burari in North Delhi in collaboration with the leading heavy vehicle manufacturing company, Ashok Leyland, the Chief Minister said all the concerned citizens and agencies should join hands to put an end to this situation which had assumed alarming proportions. She hoped that the new training school pass out trained drivers who would perform professionally and help bring down the high accident rate on the city roads. She expressed happiness at the fact that a reputed company had joined hands with the Delhi Government for such an initiative. She praised the Transport Minister, Haroon Yusuf, for giving a concrete shape to this proposal that had been in the pipeline for a long time.

The agreement for setting up the training institute was signed by the Commissioner-cum-Secretary (Transport), Rajeev Talwar, on behalf of the Delhi Government and R. Seshasayee, Managing Director, Ashok Leyland. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Talwar said that providing such training courses to drivers of heavy vehicles had assumed significance especially in view of the recent judgements of the Supreme Court and High Court. The driving schools would be equipped with modern facilities like stimulators and computer based teaching aids. Similar schools would be set up in all the nine districts of the Capital, he disclosed. The institute would be managed by a society to be formed by the company with the overall policy set by the governing body called Faith to Assist Inculcating traffic habits (FAITH) constituted by the Delhi Government. The existing premises are being made available on lease for a period of 10 years.

Mr. Seshasayee said that a revenue model was being worked out to make the institute self-sustainable and further investments would be made to make it a state-of-the-art set up. He said over one lakh drivers had been trained at the Leyland's Namakkal Driver Training Centre near Salem in Tamil Nadu. Nearly 50,000 drivers will be trained annually at this institute.

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