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Mangaluru duo driving 16,500 kms across country to document road safety


Harsha Raj Gatty

Team Story Infinity for Daijiworld

Mangaluru, Aug 20: In their effort of documenting faulty road conditions on the national highway (NH), this duo in their 50s from Mangaluru have set-out on a 60-day road-trip spanning 20 states across the country. Covering a distance of 16,500 kilometres, the duo plans to form a comprehensive report that would serve as a safety-guide to the motorists on the NH.

Pulling up the insurance claim records on the pattern of road accidents across NH in Karnataka-Kerala and Maharashtra for the last 20-years, insurance surveyor and loss assessor Praveen Chandra Shetty says that it is falsely assumed that highway accidents are due to drinking by drivers or rash driving. "Of the 12,383 cases examined, only 22 percent have been categorised for drunken and rash driving. Whereas more than 50 percent of the cases are due to faulty road conditions," 57-year old Praveen says.

Be it the signage at the highway, caution-signs, illumination, width of the bridge or a culvert on these highways, there is a lack of uniformity and consistency on national highways, despite being constructed under the supervision of the same agency, The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), Shetty claims. "For instance in Mangaluru-Bengaluru highway, due to poor execution of ramp and its landing, several passenger and commercial vehicles have lost control while applying the brakes or avoiding the ditch like formation, some of them have proved to be fatal accidents," he says.

While drunken and over speeding can be controlled by stringent enforcement and disciplining the drivers, Shetty says proper attention to road engineering can save the lives of regular commuters.

On August 16, Praveen Chandra Shetty along with agriculturist Kishen Shetty embarked on the road trip which will cover 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 and Kerala.

As of August 18, Shetty told Daijiworld that he has covered over 1000 kilometres and are stationed in Mumbai and will leave to Gujarat shortly.

Pegged at the personal investment of Rs 5 lac, Praveen Chandra Shetty has converted the rear of his car into a mobile-sleeping pod. "Each day we will cover about 12 hours drive, constantly switching the driving for every three hours," Shetty says. Besides taking notes, the research and the fault-lines in the roads will be documented by the duo using an (GoPro) action camera. The study group will also record frequency of the number and types of vehicles, along with climatic and weather conditions on certain stretches.

Tentatively Praveen has titled his upcoming work as 'Vision 2018- 2023 - To bring down road traffic accident deaths that are caused due to improper highway engineering and faulty vehicle architecture to almost zero by 2023’.

The research trip was flagged off by police commissioner of Mangaluru T R Suresh on August 15, and the duo hope to complete the trip by mid-October. Upon completion, Shetty plans to submit his work to Ministry of Road Transport and Highway (MoRTH) and Indian Road Congress among other concerned agencies.

Shetty who has bagged a gold medal in Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and Automobile Technology from Karnataka Polytechnic College in 1981 has served as an insurance surveyor and loss assessor for the last 35-years. "I feel that the experience that I have gained through my career must be shared with others, so that there is a larger benefit to the society and also so that I can contribute to the longevity of the motorists," he says.


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  • Aubb, India / Kuwait

    Tue, Aug 21 2018

    Salute to Duo who has embarked on a life saving mission for thousands of motorist who suffer losses and death on Indian roads and highways.

    Hope transport Dept., road designers and other stake holders will adopt their findings in rectifurying existing faulty roads, and future roads too.

    The duo must be compensated for their effort and intellectual property rights handsomely.

    Jai Hind!!

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  • Dsouza, Bejai

    Tue, Aug 21 2018

    A very good initiative by the two Shettys. this is rightly known as putting your education and experience to best use. This is true patriotism. A right way of showing gratitude towards the nation. All the best dear Shettys.

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  • Nanac, Kinnigoly, Muscat

    Tue, Aug 21 2018

    Good work, hope authorities will implement the recommendation made by them .
    Also if any one dare to check the corruption at RTO process of issuing the driving licenses , accidents will reduce drastically. Ideally Old licenses to be withdrawn and new licenses to be issued after passing through all recommended road rules, road mannerisms, parking rules, meaning of traffic signals etc .

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  • Rahul pinto, Bhrahmavar / Dubai

    Tue, Aug 21 2018

    Great to hear really need some correction to be done on highways
    Roads need speed breakers on village limits with blinkers remove speed breakers
    Truck should be with breaklights driving lane has to be strickly put on left track for trucks
    Water passage on highways need grills installed so bikers cannot pass bywith string brriers
    U turns should have 1 way passage

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  • Joe Gonsalves, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 21 2018

    Mr. Praveen and Mr. Shetty. You have undertaken a great task. Indeed you are going to traverse through the roads in India at some risk. I join several others in wishing you every success in your mission. My vision too is almost the same. Having had nearly eighty years of driving experience, I find that most of the accidents in The City are caused by either negligent or rash driving.

    I have undertaken a task too in my old age. The Motto being ' DRIVE SAFE SAVE LIVES'. On my return to India in November it is my hope to meet you both and share thoughts with you on SAFE DRIVING.

    Good Luck Mr. Shetty and Mr.Praveen

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  • Haneef, West Africa

    Mon, Aug 20 2018

    Kudos to daring duos! But whatever (NHAI) tails cannot be straightened.
    In India highways doesn’t have scientific culverts , bridges,intersection, landings , signs, parking and illuminations thanks to corruption.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Aug 20 2018

    Most Indians don't know the difference between Red & Green Signal ...

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  • Sandeep D Mello, Mangalore

    Mon, Aug 20 2018

    Safe Journey!

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