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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari launched the toll-free emergency highway helpline number 1033 in India.
Along with the emergency helpline number for highway users, a new mobile application was launched.
The new mobile app, called the Sukhad Yatra, offers road travellers, real-time SMS updates on expected waiting time at toll plazas and the toll fee as well.
Additionally, the new app offers you to report road quality-related complaints, accident or pothole on the highway.
The Sukhad Yatra app can also be used to purchase the FASTag.
The new mobile app has been developed by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and is expected to empower commuters to share their experiences and help the road ministry improve public services on national highways.
As for the toll-free emergency highway helpline number, it will enable users to report an emergency condition or highway-related feedback.
The authorities have partnered with multiple emergency services such as ambulance and towing service across the highways.
The service offers multilingual support and user location tracking features to provide accurate and responsive complaint resolution.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), Government of India also announced its proposal to set up at least one model driving training centre in each district of the State or Union Territory.
The training centres will foster training and skill up-gradation in the hope of providing employment opportunities by meeting the requirement of HMV and LMV drivers in India.
Interested parties willing to open the training centre will be required to provide infrastructure facilities such as land, classrooms, and simulator among others.
The Road Transport and Highways Ministry will provide financial assistance of up to Rs 1 crore, and the agency will invest an equal amount of the financial aid under the scheme.
Also, to promote road safety, the Ministry has announced assistance up to Rs 5 lakh will be offered to NGO/ Trust/ Cooperative Societies and other agencies for administering road safety programme.
DriveSpark's Thoughts About The Toll-Free Emergency Highway Helpline Number
Indeed a welcome move by the Government of India to launch the toll-free emergency highway helpline number.
The helpline number is indeed beneficial in case of an emergency on the highway.
Highway users can now get a lot more information about an approaching toll-booths and the fee applicable to the new Sukhad Yatra mobile app.