Two Men Embark On A Journey Around India To Spread Awareness About Road Safety
The citizens of one of the most notable cities in Karnataka, Mangalore, are recognized for their willingness to pushthemselves beyond the limits in order achieve what they want to – with the intentions scarcely being for an immoral cause. A perfect representation of this is the 16500km-all-India round-trip that two daredevils strive to accomplish in the time span of a mere two months. Why, you ask? Well, they plan to execute this unthinkable feat simply in order to spread awareness about the installation of a comprehensive road safety guide for safer travelling for Indians via roads, titled “An Insight into Road Traffic Accidents on Indian Motorways”.
Praveenchandra Shetty, who formulated what seems to be a never-done-before coup, hopes to start the journey along with his friend as soon as possible. He says that, in a quickly-developing and fast-moving nation, road safety goes deeper than solely speeding and driving while drunk: “That's what I have realized after studying the issues over a period of three decades.” And he should know, because he himself is a motor insurance surveyor as well as a loss assessor.
Beginning the Expedition
The vehicle that Shetty plans on using for the trip – a Ford Ecosport – was inaugurated by the Commissioner of Police, T R Suresh, on Wednesday – coincidentally, also on Independence Day. Shetty, upon the start to a rough, tiring two months, says: ``Youth is our national wealth. Let us save them from untimely road accidents for no fault of theirs.
As mentioned before, Shetty blames these accidents not on the drivers themselves, but on the construction of roads, most importantly major highways. During his 35 years of experience in the field, he has personally attended to around 12383 cases of accidents on the road. He analysed each one during the time of his work, as required by his job, and came to what was a solid final verdict: `I have arrived at above conclusion that road safety is more about highway engineering and vehicle architecture.” We shall find out if he is right, for during the journey Praveenchandra and his friend, Kishan Shetty, will document all their findings upon intrastate and interstate highways, and connecting motorways.
Kishan Shetty is a coffee estate owner from Kalasa, also in the state of Karnataka. The duo plan to glance across Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya, Sikkim, West Bengal, Odisha, Pondicherry, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and back to where they started from – Mangalore. The expenses of Rs.5 lakhs, sadly, is to be borne fully by the duo, after their inability to find any sponsors. They have, fortunately, been saving up for this expedition since way back in the August of 2017.
If you come across them in the state that you live in, be sure to drop by, say hello, and wish them good luck!
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