The Transport Department has sought 10 acres of land from the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board on Shahbad road, for establishing a hi-tech heavy vehicle driver training institute.

The institute will have state-of-art-facilities to test the driving skills of those already possessing a heavy vehicle driving licence.

An announcement in this regard was made in the budget by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to establish institutes in Gulbarga and Belgaum. Also, Rs. 30 crore had been earmarked for the purpose.

Regional Transport Officer (RTO) Eashwar Awati told The Hindu that once the land is allotted, work on the establishment of the institute would begin. The city has a computerised driving track established on 4.15 acres of land with tracks to test the driving skills of applicants before giving them the licence.

Mr. Avati said the State government had fixed Rs. 57.50 crore as the revenue mobilisation target for Gulbarga district. Already, Rs. 13.36 crore had been collected in the first four months of the current financial year. Last year, as against the target of Rs. 51 crore fixed for revenue mobilisation, the district collected Rs. 54 crore. He said the department had initiated measures to curb the menace of private transport operators operating their buses on nationalised routes and had seized 37 private buses.

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