Tata Motors opens new 3S CV facility in Tamil Nadu

1466228647group-email-dsc-0102-truck-800x531Tata Motors and Vetri Motors today inaugurated a new 4,000 sq m 3S commercial vehicle (CV) facility in Madurai, Tamil Nadu.

The new facility will cater to customers in Madurai, Dindigul, Theni & Virudhnagar districts of Tamil Nadu with Tata Motors’ full range of commercial vehicles.

Located strategically on NH 7 bypass, the new sales, service & spares facility will have eight workshop bays, in addition to two accident bays staffed by professional technicians, with a capacity to handle about 30 vehicles a day.

The facility is also well equipped with amenities like dedicated express service bays, driver and technician rest rooms, an effluent treatment system, a rain-water harvesting system, Wi-Fi connectivity and vehicle display areas.

Commenting on the occasion, Ravi Pisharody, executive director, Commercial Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors said, “At Tata Motors we are currently redesigning our network across the country, as part of our larger business plan, to improve our engagement and build stronger, lasting relationships with our customers. Our partnership with Vetri Motors is a step in that direction, with established credential and years of experience in the automotive market here in Tamil Nadu. As the 13th Tata Motors commercial vehicle dealer here in Tamil Nadu, we are delighted to partner with them in further strengthening our presence here in the South and wish Verti Motors all the very best.”

“The Vetri Group was established in 1991 and is celebrating 25 years with the launch of Vetri Motors here in Tamil Nadu. Having established itself as one of the most trusted business houses in Tamil Nadu, we hope to extend relationship to the Tata Motors customers here in the Tamil, with this state-of-the-art sales, service and spares facility,” said Tamil Selvam, managing director, Vetri Motors.

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TCI की रिपोर्ट मुताबिक सड़कों पर ट्रकों की स्‍पीड बढ़ी: अग्रवाल

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भारत के 26 मुख्‍य रास्‍तों पर रिपार्ट तैयार करने वाली ट्रांसपोर्ट कॉर्पोेरशन आॅफ इंडिया (टीसीआई) के एमडी विनीत अग्रवाल से बात की ट्रांसपोर्ट टाइम्‍स ने…

टीसीआई का सर्वे कहां-कहां किया गया?
ये सर्वे देश के 26 मुख्‍य रास्‍तों पर किया गया और ये देखा गया कि पिछले तीन सर्वे की तुलना में उनमें कितना बदलाव आया है। कितने स्‍टॉप हैं और क्‍या वो स्‍टॉप जरूरी हैं या नहीं।

इस सर्वे से मुख्‍य बात क्‍या निकल कर आई है?
ताजा सर्वे से पता चला है कि सड़कों पर ट्रकों की स्‍पीड में औसतन इजाफा हुआ है। पहले जहां एक ट्रक की औसत स्‍पीड 23 से 24 किलोमीटर प्र‍तिघंटा थी, वहीं अब वो स्‍पीड 35 से 36 किलोमीटर प्रतिघंटा तक पहुंच गई है।

ट्रकों की ये स्पीड बढ़ने की वजह क्‍या है?
असल में इसकी सबसे पहली वजह है कि सड़कें काफी अच्‍छी हुई हैं। दूसरा यह कि लंबे रूटों में दो ड्राइवरों का इस्‍तेमाल किया जा रहा है। टीसीआई ने अपनी रिपोर्ट में सरकार को मल्‍टी मॉडल में कौन-कौन से ट्रांसपोर्ट को इस्‍तेमाल करने का सुझाव दिया है? हमने सरकार को सड़क, समुद्र और ट्रेन को इस्‍तेमाल करने का सुझाव दिया है।

पेट्रोल-डीजल की खपत को कम करने के लिए रिपोर्ट में क्‍या सुझाव दिए हैं?
केवल टोल पर ही ट्रकों के खडेÞ होने से तेल की खपत ही नहीं होती है। बल्कि इसके कई कारण भी हैं। चैक पोस्‍ट और टैक्‍स के लिए ट्रकोंं के रुकने से भी तेल की बबार्दी होती है। ट्रकों की जांच के समय को कम करने का सुझाव दिया गया है।

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‘Heavy-Duty Truck Sales May Cross 2.80 Lakh Units This Year’

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Ahmedabad: Sale of heavy-duty trucks in India is expected to cross 2.80 lakh units this year, thanks to the government’s focus on infrastructure and core sectors, a top industry executive on Tuesday said.

According to Vinod Aggarwal, CEO of VE Commercial Vehicles (VECV), the commercial vehicle industry has finally come out of the recession. “Looking at the current pace of the economy and huge investments, we may well surpass the peak by the end of this fiscal. We expect that it may go beyond 2.80 lakh units,” said Aggarwal.

“The economy is doing good, mainly due to the huge investments being made by the Centre in infrastructure and core sector projects such as roads, ports, mining, railways and smart cities,” said Aggarwal on the sidelines of the launch ‘Eicher Pro 6037’ truck here. “This investment is driving the growth of the heavy-duty truck segment. The government doing a good job.”

He said further the heavy-duty truck industry saw adecent 35 percent growth in 2015-16 as around 2.28 lakh trucks were sold. He remains bullish on the LMD segment.

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Government plans national highway grids for smooth travel; 27 corridors identified

NEW DELHI: India has over one lakh kilometres of national highways (NHs), but there is no scientific road network pattern and drivers can’t take a straight road to reach from one place to the other. To address this, NHAI has prepared a grid of 27 horizontal and vertical national highway corridors at a distance of every 250 km crisscrossing the country.

All these stretches will be of four lanes and will provide more road space for seamless transport. The total length of these corridors, including ones such as Kanyakumari to Srinagar, Porbandar to Kolkata, Surat to Paradip Port, Rameswaram to Dehradun and Mangalore Port to Chennai Port, is about 36,600 km. Out of this, about 30,100 km are already NHs. But only 18,800 km of them is of four-lanes.highway

All these stretches will be of four lanes and will provide more road space for seamless transport. The total length of these corridors, including ones such as Kanyakumari to Srinagar, Porbandar to Kolkata, Surat to Paradip Port, Rameswaram to Dehradun and Mangalore Port to Chennai Port, is about 36,600 km. Out of this, about 30,100 km are already NHs. But only 18,800 km of them is of four-lanes.

The preparation of the grids will help the government re-designate the NHs for easy identification. For example, all even number NH grids can be identified for roads connecting east to west and odd number for corridors joining north end to the south.”The grids will be important as the government is focusing on the integrated transportation network. These grids will connect all major ports, which will help in quick evacuation and transport of cargo from one end to the other,” another official said.

imageSources said highway ministry has shared this plan with states and sought their views. “We want to be sure the states have not awarded or planned roads on PPP mode that are parallel to the identified routes,” a source said. TOI has learnt that NHAI had made a detailed presentation to Highway Minister Nitin Gadkari in March. The proposed NH grid shall not only improve connectivity in each region and state capital but will also provide highway link to 12 major ports, 45 out of 53 million plus cities and 26 state capitals besides providing connectivity to major tourist and religious places.

The NHAI said planning for horizontal and vertical grid network was done keeping the concept of parallels to the existing north-south and east-west corridor alignments. These parallels are spread across the country, uniformly and thereby providing connectivity to every region.”The existing NH network depicts unbalanced network and even creates the problem in numbering NHs systematically from road users’ perspective.The current approach has focused on state-level planning,” said an official.

During UPA-2 , then highway minister Kamal Nath had made an effort to re-designate the existing NHs but it did not bear fruit.

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डीएस-वन के बाद डीएस-टू फॉर्म बना..लेकिन इनकी परेशानी अभी भी कायम…

दिल्‍ली सरकार ने भले ही डीएस फॉर्म को ट्रांसपोटर्स और व्‍यापारियों के भारी दवाब के बाद वापस ले लिया हो लेकिन इसके बाद भी ट्रांसपोर्टर्स की दिल्‍ली में मु‍श्किलें कम नहीं हुई हैं। डीएस फॉर्म वन का फैसला वापस लेने के बाद दिल्‍ली के 40 प्‍वाइंट पर चेकिंग के दौरान अलग-अलग एसडीएम ने 172 वाहनों को पकड़ा। इन एसडीएम को चेकिंग करने के लिए दिल्‍ली वैट डिपार्टमेंट ने मंजूरी दी थी। सरकार के अनुसार जिन गाड़ियों को पकड़ा गया उनके पास सामान के बिल नहीं थे। वहीं इसके बाद सरकार ने डीएस फॉर्म टू को लेकर एक बार फिर नोटिफिकेशन जारी किया है।

  • फॉर्म की कॉपी साथ नहीं रखने पर ट्रांसपोर्टर पर जुर्माने का प्रावधान

दिल्‍ली सरकार के इस नए नोटिफिकेशन के मुताबिक, अगर कोई व्‍यापारी आॅनलाइन डीएस फॉर्म दो नहीं भरता है तो उस पर कानून के मुताबिक 50 हजार रुपये का जुर्माना वसूला जाएगा। वहीं अगर व्‍यापारी किसी ट्रांसपोर्टर को बिना डीएस फॉर्म दो के ये सामान ले जाने को कहता है और वो ट्रक या टैंपो पकड़ा जाता है तो ऐसी सूरत में उस चालक या ट्रांसपोर्टर्स से सामान की कीमत का 20 फीसदी जुर्माना लगाया जाएगा। इतना ही नहीं व्‍यापारी डीएस फॉर्म दो भर देता है लेकिन चालक या ट्रांसपोर्टर वो फॉर्म की कॉपी अपने साथ लेकर नहीं चलता है तो ऐसी सूरत में व्‍यापारी पर कोई कार्रवाई नहीं होगी लेकिन ट्रांसपोर्टर पर सामान की कीमत का 20 फीसदी जुर्माना लगेगा। इस मामले में जब ट्रांसपोर्ट टाइम्‍स ने ट्रांसपोर्टर्स से बात की तो उन्‍होंने बताया कि दिल्‍ली गुड्स ट्रांसपोर्ट एसो‍सिएशन के अध्यक्ष राजेंद्र कपूर ने कहा कि सरकार के इस फैसले से सबसे ज्‍यादा नुकसान ट्रांसपोर्टर्स का ही है, जबकि माल होगा व्‍यापारी का। उन्‍होंने कहा कि सरकार के इस फैसले से व्‍यापारियों की मौज है। एआईएमटीसी के अध्यक्ष भीम वाधवा ने कहा कि ये चीजें पहले भी हो चुकी है लेकिन किसी भी सरकार को नई योजनाएं लाने से पहले प्रभा‍वित प‍ार्टियों से बात करनी चाहिए। इसके बाद ही कोई योजना लेकर आनी चा‍हिए। अगर सरकार ऐसा करेगी तो इससे उस योजना के एकदम से आने पर उसका विरोध नहीं होगा। एआईएमटीसी के चेयरमैन कुलतरण सिंह अटवाल का कहना है कि आगामी उफटा की मी‍टिंग में ये मुद्दा उठाया जाएगा और केजरीवाल सरकार के सामने हम अपने मुद्दे रखेंगे अगर वो नहीं माने तो फिर हम सभी ट्रांसपोर्टर्स मिलकर एक बड़ा प्रदर्शन करेंगे। दिल्‍ली ट्रांसपोर्ट एसोसिएशन के अध्यक्ष जयपाल ने बताया कि ये तो सरकार की सरासर गुुंडागर्दी है। सरकार अपनी पावर का गलत इस्‍तेमाल कर रही है। हम सरकार के इस फैसले के खिलाफ हैं।

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Remove all speed breakers from national highways, orders Union road transport ministry

NEW DELHI: The road transport ministry has asked state governments and agencies like NHAI, state PWDs and BRO to remove all speed breakers from highways, which hinder smooth movement of traffic apart from being a safety hazard on high-speed corridors.

The ministry has sought details of action taken by next Wednesday. It has also asked for details of rumble strips that have been laid with approval. According to the Road Accident Report (2014), published by the ministry, 4,726 lives were lost in crashes due to humps while 6,672 people died in accidents caused due to potholes and speed breakers.

downloadIn its recent circular, the ministry mentioned that at many places local authorities are constructing road bumps or speed breakers to check vehicular speed despite guidelines being in place. “This is undesirable, as the function of national highways is to facilitate movement of traffic apart from being a safety hazard on high-speed corridors.

The ministry has sought details of action taken by next Wednesday. It has also asked for details of rumble strips that have been laid with approval. According to the Road Accident Report (2014), published by the ministry, 4,726 lives were lost in crashes due to humps while 6,672 people died in accidents caused due to potholes and speed breakers.

In its recent circular, the ministry mentioned that at many places local authorities are constructing road bumps or speed breakers to check vehicular speed despite guidelines being in place. “This is undesirable, as the function of national highways is to facilitate movement of traffic. Speed breakers can be a source of serious hazards and accidents to the fast-moving traffic,” it said.

Referring to its earlier circulars, the ministry said these recommendations provide for properly designed rumple strips at locations such as sharp curves on level crossings and congested or accident-prone areas where control of speed on national highways is unavoidable.

“It has been noted that such rumble strips are being provided indiscriminately,” the ministry said adding that location of such traffic-calming measures must be approved by the highway agencies. It also said the agencies should explore the possibility of providing foot over-bridges or pedestrian underpasses on national highways to prevent pedestrians from coming over.

International Road Federation chairman K K Kapila agreed there should be no speed-breakers on highways, but said these come up as highways pass through villages and people need to cross over to the other side. “We need to provide pedestrian and vehicular crossings to end this menace,” he said.

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Tata Motors sales marginally up at 40,071 units in May

tata-motors-1Tata Motors today reported a 1% growth in sales at 40,071 units in May compared with 39,496 in the same month last year.

Domestic sales of Tata Motors’ commercial and passenger vehicles rose 2% at 35,643 units during the month as against the same period of previous year.

Tata Motors said in a statement, sales of passenger vehicles in the domestic market last month stood at 8,617 units as against 11,138 a year ago, down 23%. As for passenger cars, the sales were down 15% at 7,787 units in May compared with 9,176 units in the year-ago period.

The company said that In the commercial vehicles segment, the company’s domestic sales came in at 27,026 units, up 14% over May 2015.

Exports during the month declined by 5% to 4,428 units compared with 4,678 vehicles sold in May 2015.

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Ashok Leyland sales up 6% in May

Ashok-Leyland-Boss-TruckAshok Leyland today reported a 6% increase in total sales at 9,875 units in May. The company had sold 9,290 units in May last year.

Sales for its heavy and medium commercial vehicles rose 8% to 7,469 units last month from 6,888 units in the year-ago period, the company said in a BSE filing. Light commercial vehicles (LCV) sales remained flat at 2,406 units compared with 2,402 units in May last year.

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NHAI awards INR 2,640 cr road projects in Gujarat

National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) said, to connect important religious and tourist places between Bhavnagar and Somnath in Gujarat, four road projects worth INR 2,640 crore have been awarded.

NHAI said in a statement, “Two hundred and fifty-six km long Bhavnagar to Somnath section of NH-8E (New NH-51) is an important link to connect religious and tourist places of Talaja, Mahuva, Palitana, Island of Diu, Somnath Temple, Gir National Park, Porbandar, and Dwarka. NHAI has awarded a contract for 4-laning of four packages of the section of a total length of 175 km.”

1464671194road2Among the companies that bagged the contracts are Sadbhav Infrastructure, MEP Infrastructure Developers and Sanjose India Infrastructure & Construction (in JV), and Agroh Infrastructure & Developers. NHAI said,

“The total cost of these four packages is INR 2,640 crore (civil construction cost) and project road would be a cement concrete highway.”

The project will also provide improved connectivity to ports of Alang (the biggest ship breaking facility and recycling yard of India), Pipavav, Jafarabad, Gogha and Veraval (fishery collection and trading centre), it said.

The authority said that it expects to award contracts by July this year for the remaining sections of the road project, whose overall cost is INR 4,876 crore.

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PM scheme on anvil to make roads safer; to have Rs 2,000 crore initial fund

The government will take the help of the Indian Institutes of Technology to prepare special reflectors for hill roads and redesign them to fix sharp curves.

NEW DELHI: India’s roads notorious for being the world’s deadliest will soon become safer with the launch of the Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Sadak Yojana. The scheme, with initial funding of about Rs 2,000 crore, will eliminate dangerous spots on highways that are the sites of frequent accidents through better design and road engineering and will set up railings on hill roads running along deep gorges.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has sought details from hill states on spots where accidents occur repeatedly. The government will take the help of the Indian Institutes of Technology to prepare special reflectors for hill roads and redesign them to fix sharp curves.

“The scheme has already been approved by the road transport minister and the corpus would be created from the available central road fund,” a senior government official said.

download (1)India has the highest number of roads fatalities in the world. More than 231,000 people are killed in road traffic crashes in the country every year, according to the World Health Organisation. “States have already been asked to send details of locations where regular accidents occur. As per our information, there are around 796 such spots across the country,” the official added. The scheme is a part of the government’s national action plan aimed at the halving number of road accident deaths by 2020, which includes making vehicles safer.

The government will start awarding star certification to car models based on safety. A specialised agency, the Bharat National Car Assessment Programme, is being set up to test and grade the safety of cars sold in India. The ministry is also introducing new safety norms for two-wheelers, which account for 72% of the vehicles on India’s roads and more than half of the fatalities in road accidents.

According to the proposed norms, all scooters and motorcycles in India will have automatic headlamps on, similar to daytime running lamps in cars. Road deaths lead to an economic loss of 2-3% of the gross domestic product, apart from causing social trauma, road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari said in a letter to the finance ministry recently.

India will make first-aid training and knowledge of basic lifesaving techniques mandatory for drivers of heavy commercial vehicles including buses and trucks so that they become the first response and trauma care providers for road accident victims. The drivers will get licences only after completing the certified training.

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