Gulbarga,Karnataka, May 6 UNI | 3 months ago

The district administration has sanctioned land for setting up a heavy vehicle driving institute approved in the 2013-14 budget.

The government had sanctioned the institute to be set up in Mangalore and Gulbarga and had earmarked Rs 30 crore for the purpose.

The institute in Gulbarga will be established at a cost of Rs 11 crore.

In his recent order, the copy of which was made available here, Deputy Commissioner N V Prasad approved the sanctioning of 9.36 acre of land at Sindagi Village of Gulbarga Taluk.

When contacted by mediapersons here today, he said he sanctioned the land within two months of receipt of a communication from the Transport Commissioner in this regard.

The order stated the institute was sanctioned as the number of road accidents involving both light and heavy motor vehicles was high here the and region was lagging in development.

Regional Transport Officer (RTO) Eashwar Awati said the government was apprised of the need for the institute in Gulbarga as some driving schools were issuing false certificates to candidates without proper training in heavy vehicle driving.

This had become disastrous as such drivers were involved in many accidents.

He also said in 2013-14, the number of road accidents which occurred in the district were 1,439 of which 252 were fatal.

(Posted on 07-05-2014)