India, 6 August, 2022: Taking a giant leap in its endeavour to build a collision free society and committing to carbon neutrality, Honda India Foundation (HIF) in association with the Government of Haryana today inaugurated Institute of Driving Training and Research (IDTR) and a Community Park in Karnal, Haryana.
The Institute of Driving Training and Research (IDTR) and Community Park were inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Haryana, Sh. Manohar Lal Khattar, Sh. Moolchand Sharma (Transport Minister, Government of Haryana) and Sh. Atsushi Ogata (Chairman, Honda India Foundation) in the august presence of Sh. Vinay Dhingra (Trustee, Honda India Foundation), Sh. Katsuyuki Ozawa (Trustee, Honda India Foundation), Sh. V. Sridhar (CSR Committee Member, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India) along with other dignitaries from Government of Haryana & Trustees from Honda India Foundation.
Speaking on HMSI’s commitment towards sensitizing India on road safety and focussing on carbon neutrality, Mr. Atsushi Ogata, Chairman, Honda India Foundation said, “Road Safety & Environment continue to remain key pillars in our long-term mission of becoming a ‘Company that Society wants to Exist’. Today, the inauguration of this Driving Training & Research Institute in Karnal marks yet another step towards transforming citizens into responsible drivers & riders. Furthermore, as a responsible corporate, we also remain committed towards reducing the carbon footprint. With the inauguration of Karnal’s Community Park, we aim to significantly reduce our CO2 emissions and build a greener future with blue skies for our children. I would like to thank the Government of Haryana for associating with us and supporting us in inching a step closer towards the achievement of our global 2050 vision of zero traffic collision fatalities and carbon neutrality.”
Located near New Bus Stand, Indri road, Baldi by-pass, Karnal and spread across a vast land of 9.25 acres, Honda India Foundation’s first Institute of Driving Training and Research (IDTR) will help in building skilled and confident riders/drivers.
The scientifically devised refresher and learner courses will facilitate combination of theory, simulator and practical training to not only new and existing drivers of four-wheelers and HMV (Heavy Motor Vehicle) but two-wheeler riders too. The state-of-the-art simulators at IDTR will enable participants to experience multiple riding conditions before actual riding/driving on road. The IDTR in Karnal is the first institute which is equipped with Automated Driving Testing Track (ADTT).
Additionally, the institute also offers special training programs to corporates and fleet owners. Further promoting the safe driving behaviour, HIF’s trained experts will also provide training to participants on road safety and traffic rules & regulations. The other facilities at IDTR includes testing and training tracks for two-wheelers and four wheelers, air-conditioned smart classrooms, observation rooms, in-house workshop, computer lab and medical room.
Parallelly, the solar powered Community Park of Honda India Foundation at Sector 7 in Karnal, consists of open-air gym, a running track among other facilities, will rejuvenate the local landscape and foster a spirit of community building while significantly reducing Co2 emissions.