Mangaluru: After Bengaluru and Dharwad, the heavy vehicle driving training institute will come up in Mangaluru. The centre will start functioning within 18 months. The institute will give priority to road safety and checking road accidents. Under Raitha Sarathi programme, farmers will be trained in driving tractors. There are 5 lakh tractors in the state, of which 3 lakh farmers have a license for driving. The institute is coming up on a 10-acre land. It will have automated vehicle inspection as well as test driving tracks.
Speaking after laying the foundation for heavy vehicle driving training institute at Kamblapadavu, Transport Minister H M Revanna said, the Department of Transport is studying imparting heavy vehicle driving training for women by the government and engage them in public transportation system. Funds would be earmarked for the purpose in the next budget, at a cost of Rs 15 crore .
On the occasion, the minister distributed licenses to farmers for driving tractors. District-in-Charge Minister B Ramanath Rai said the finance department has given its approval for the RTO office in Bantwal. The RTO office will be inaugurated by the end of the month, which will benefit the people of Belthangady and Bantwal.