Bhubaneswar: Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI), today unleashed its latest step for spreading road safety awareness in India by bringing its much popular traffic park for the first time to East India.
Honda has simultaneously inaugurated 2 new traffic parks in Odisha at Bhubaneswar & Cuttack. For this, Honda has associated with respective Regional Transport Authorities of Bhubaneswar-II and Cuttack. The two new traffic parks are located in Bhubaneswar (Driving Testing center, Chandarshekharpur) and Cuttack (Driving Testing center, Sector 6, CDA).
BHUBANESWAR traffic park inauguration
Honda’s first traffic park in East India at Bhubaneswar was inaugurated by Sj. Ramesh Chandra Majhi (Hon’ble Minister of State, Commerce & Transport Department, with Independent charge for Commerce and Transport Department) in the august presence of – Sj. Ashok Chandra Panda (Minister of State, Tourism & Culture Dept.), Sj. Prasanna Kumar Pattasani (M.P., Bhubaneswar), Sj. Priyadarshi Mishra (MLA Bhubaneswar-North), Sj. Bijay Kumar Mohanty (MLA Bhubaneswar-Middle), Sj. Ananta Narayan Jena (Mayor, BMC), Mr. Yadvinder S. Guleria (Vice President, Sales & Marketing, HMSI) and Mr. Takanori Maruyama (Director, HMSI).
CUTTACK traffic park inauguration
Later in the day, the new Cuttack traffic park was inaugurated by Chief guest Sri Manoj Ahuja (IAS, Transport Commissioner) with special guests Shri Rajendra Prasad Sharma (IPS, commissioner Cuttack – BBSR Police Commissionerate), Shri Girish S.N (IAS, Collector, Cuttack), Shri Sanjeev Arora (IPS, DCP, Cuttack), Shri S.K Panigrahi (Additional Transport Commissioner – Tech), Mr. Y S. Guleria (Vice President, Sales & Marketing, HMSI) and Mr. Takanori Maruyama (Director, HMSI).
Honda’s road safety initiatives
Globally, Road Safety Promotion is one of Honda’s top priorities worldwide since 1970. Under the “People Come First” philosophy, Safety is an integral part of all Honda’s business activities across 36 countries.
In India too, Honda has been promoting Safe Riding an everyday habit of all 2Wheeler riders since 2001. In 2012, Honda adopted its first traffic park in Jaipur. This was soon followed by Delhi. Overall, over 53,000 people have been trained at the two parks. Overwhelmed by the deep appreciation of citizens at both the traffic parks, Honda has today inaugurated new traffic parks in Odisha at Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.
What’s new at Traffic Park?
At both the traffic parks, Honda is set to promote Road Safety in a specially designed and safe environment.
At the traffic park, children from 5-8 years of age will be encouraged to learn ‘Safety with Fun’ in Primary School activity. Honda’s specially imported CRF 50 model will help young minds from 9-12 years understand the importance of safety riding through practical riding experience.
Theoretical sessions & riding trainers (also present at all Honda dealerships across India) will aid young new riders above 18 years of age to experience 100+ possible dangers on road. This virtual experience will increase their ability to predict and react to traffic hazards by creating awareness & knowledge about potential risks and how to deal with them in safe manner.
With Honda’s unique training program, females can also now realize their dream of becoming independent and learning how to correctly ride a two-wheeler – that too in a single day!
Excerpts from the Company:
Mr. Takanori Maruyama, Director, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “At Honda, we truly believe that as we grow, our social responsibility too gets bigger. The Bhubaneswar traffic park is a significant step towards meeting our commitment of making Safe Riding an everyday habit of all 2Wheeler riders. We at Honda are grateful to the support of Regional Transport Authority – Bhubaneswar II and look forward to contributing to safer and empowered two-wheeler riding in Odisha.”
Mr. Yadvinder S. Guleria, Vice President-Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “From more than a decade, Honda has been promoting safe riding activities across India. The basic issue is not only infrastructure but mindset of the road users. That is why the sea change cannot be brought overnight. It requires active participation from the Corporate, Government and society at large. As a good corporate citizen Honda understands its responsibility to contribute towards road safety promotion, keeping in mind the Indian traffic conditions and this Park is a significant step towards meeting our commitment of making Safe Riding an everyday habit of all 2Wheeler riders.”