State to rope in Maruti to set up driving schools

State to rope in Maruti to set up driving schools

These will have state-of-the-art facilities

Disclosing this to newsmen, Transport Minister R Ashok said these schools would have all facilities like a driving track, simulator and teaching facilities to impart safe driving lessons.

The Bangalore driving school will come up on  six acres at Yelahanka. The  Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has recently sanctioned Rs 5 crore for the project. The state government will also chip in an equal amount for this venture, he said.

“The driving schools will be built on the lines of the Institute of Driving Training and Research in Delhi which is managed by Maruti and it will be run on a no profit, no loss basis,” said the minister. Maruti Suzuki is a pioneer in setting up state of the art driving schools and has over 55 schools across the country.
The state government is also contemplating handing over a driving training school owned by the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation at Hassan to Maruti. This school was set up only to train KSRTC drivers.

Apart from this, there is also a plan to set up a separate driving school, in partnership with Maruti, on the existing KSRTC school premises to train truck drivers. Though the ownership of the school will remain with the corporation, the private company will fund and manage it by installing advanced equipment, he said.
The state government will set up a model vehicle fitness centre at Dasanapura on Tumkur Road on the outskirts of Bangalore. The centre, which will come up on an eight-acre land, will provide fitness certificates to vehicles. The Union government has promised to release Rs 9 crore for this project. If this centre comes up in Bangalore, it will be the second such in the country after Delhi where a similar centre is running successfully.
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