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IIM Indore - Walking the Talk

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With an aim to enforce stricter penalties for the traffic rule violations across the nation, the New Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on July 23, 2019. This came in as amendments to the previous Motor Vehicle Act 1988. IIM Indore with its mission to remain a contextually relevant business school and develop socially conscious managers and leaders, has always contributed to the improvement and betterment of the society. In accordance with the mission, the Institute has recently joined hands with the Traffic Police Department of Indore and presented a report on improving traffic conditions in the city. The research team for this study was led by Professor Himanshu Rai, Director, IIM Indore along with Professor Rajhans Mishra and Professor Saurabh Chandra, Faculty Members, IIM Indore. The team had started this study in January 2019 and had worked extensively in research work via surveys and inspections of various crossings and signals around the city. The team had then submitted a report to Mr. Varun Kapoor, ADG on April 09, 2019. 
IIM Indore focuses on examining the issues and providing solutions to the problems and also implementing the rules and regulations in the Institute as well. Here’s how IIM Indore’s traffic is managed within the vast and well planned out campus: 
1. Safe Driving
The Institute has strict rules for everyone visiting the campus on two wheelers to wear a helmet. ‘As per the RTO Section 129, the Institute doesn’t allow the entry in the premises without a protective headgear for not only the driver but also the passenger accompanying him/her on the two wheeler. This applies for not only the visitors, but also employees of the Institute without any exception’, says Col. Gururaj Gopinath Pamidi (Retd). CAO, IIM Indore. 
The government rule states that: 
Every person driving or riding (otherwise than in a side car, on a motor cycle of any class or description) shall, while in a public place, wear [protective headgear conforming to the standards of Bureau of Indian Standards]: Provided that the provision of this sections shall not apply to a person who is a Sikh, if he is, while driving or riding on the motor cycle, in a public place, wearing a turban: Provided further that the State Government may, by such rules, provide for such exceptions as it may think fit. 
If anyone is found driving the two-wheeler without a protective headgear, he/she has to leave the vehicle at the main gate and walk up to his destination. The Institute ensures that the participants from executive programmes who own cars also have a valid licence - and aren’t allowed to drive without one. 
2. Bus Safety
Speed Controllers & Seat Belts:The Institute has safeguarded speed-controllers (40 km/hr) in the all the buses along with seat belts for not only the driver’s seat but also for each and every passenger in the shuttle buses.
Medical & Emergency:Every bus and car owned by the Institute also has a first aid box which is checked on a regular basis for expiration of the medicines. The buses also have fire extinguishers (6 kg) which are checked and updated regularly. 
GPS & CCTV: All the buses are equipped with GPS and CCTVs for safety purposes.
Cleanliness: The buses are cleaned daily and the curtains in the buses are washed at regular intervals to ensure cleanliness. 
Driving Skills Check: At regular intervals, the Transport Department and the Safety Department also check the driving skills of the drivers and conducts workshops to update them about the traffic rules and regulations. 
3. Roads and Parking
The roads in the campus are constructed in a manner which enable strict following of the lane discipline. The footpaths are constructed across the roadways for the pedestrians and have signs for speed limit and blind turns. The roads also have concave mirrors at blind turns to help the driver acknowledge the presence of the driver coming from another lane in opposite direction. 
To maintain the speed limits and avoid any accidents, the campus roads also have speed breakers at definite intervals, ensuring that a certain vehicle doesn’t speed up while coming on a down from the up-hill road. The campus also has parking for the Institute bus and employee vehicles at various places. Parking facility for visitors has also been catered
4. Night Lights & Pathway LED
The campus ensures that no vehicle faces visibility problems during the night. The Institute roads are well equipped with street lights and high-masts at various in-campus squares. The roads also have LEDs embedded in the pathways to ensure that lane direction and sections are visible clearly. 
IIM Indore ensures that all the suggestions the research team had provided in the report are followed in the campus as well without exception. The Institute also looks forward to collaborating with government organizations and departments to initiate ideas by conducting research—for enhancing the life quality of the society and nation as a whole. 
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