Punjab government is setting up a skill development centre for training drivers of heavy vehicles, with the view of making roads much safer.
Heavy vehicles on roads are scary at times. When overloaded trucks run at a very high speed, we often try not to drive too close to them.
Well, for people in Punjab, such worries will soon be addressed as the Punjab government is setting up an institute and skill development centre at Kapurthala for imparting training to the heavy vehicle drivers.
The Institute for Driving Training and Research at Kapurthala will cost Rs. 17 crore and two more centres for heavy vehicles – Regional Driving Training Centre, Malerkotla and Heavy Vehicle Driving Testing Track, Gurdaspur – will soon be made operational too.
The transport department has already signed an agreement with Mercedes (M/S Daimler India), where the latter will be offering various skill development training programmes for automotive service technician, body technician and electrician.
Kapurthala will also have an authorised testing station, developed at a cost of Rs. 14.40 crores. The testing station will inspect the vehicles in a scientific manner.
In addition to this, 32 Automated Driving Test Tracks in all 22 districts of the state have been set up to issue driving licenses for light vehicles (non-commercial) in a hassle free manner. Also, a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with Maruti Udyog Ltd. As part of this MoU, training centres will be set up to train people with better driving skills for light vehicles as well.
So much for improving safety on roads in Punjab. These incredible steps are expected to bring the number of road accidents down and make Punjab roads safer.