10 May Designed for Road Safety : IDTR
Posted at 11:17h in Work
Road safety is a major issue of metropolitan cities like Delhi. This was realised in year 1998 when accident rate became higher. The driving discipline and training was very weak. There arose an indomitable need to develop a training facility to control the situation.
In this scenario, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd took the initiative in partnership of Govt of NCT Delhi to spread awareness of road safety and train the driver’s. Thus, FAITH Institute at Loni, Delhi was conceptualised which was later on named as Institute of Driving Training and Research (IDTR), Loni.
The prime objective of the institute was to impart proper road driving knowledge and traffic rules to drivers especially commercial vehicle drivers. Considering the expertise in public space design for automobile firms, the officials assigned our team at Creators Architects the job to first identify and research about design requirements for the institute and later design all the facilities.
Designing the first of its kind institute of India was no less then a challenge. The entire research was done by studying different aspects like behaviour patterns of drivers, variable road conditions, car mechanics as well as traffic rules and regulations followed in India. The aim was to develop an institute that would be equipped to provide theory as well as practical classes to the Driver’s.
One part of the building was for theory classes, simulator training, workshops,etc. and the other was for field training. Special care was taken to make the building environment friendly for commercial vehicle drivers who can come and get themselves registered with least hassle.
The main challenge for our Creators Architects team was to design training tracks as per international standards. Since this was the pilot project so all situations were identified which a driver would encounter on road in real life. Parking, overtaking, lane changing , traffic lights, hill track , S band, U turn, Hairpin band are few of them. All these information was then translated in practical training tracks in a very scientific manner. They catered for the need of multiple level learners. Two wheelers training tracks were also designed. These tracks were based on norms laid by Indian Road Congress (IRC) and Central Institute of Road transport (CIRT).
Later on when the need of such training institutes became higher more institutes were proposed under the name Institute of Driver’s Training and Research.
Our team got the opportunity to design three more such institute, one institute is at Sarai kale khan in Delhi designed which is a joint venture of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd and Govt of NCT Delhi. The other two are at Bahadurgarh and Rohtak which are joint venture of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd and Govt of Haryana.