Chennai: The Hyundai Motors on Tuesday gifted 100 cars to the city police for patrolling the city. In a bid to help the Tamil Nadu government “improve” local traffic conditions, Hyundai Motor India Limited donated 100 Accent CRDi cars to the city police on Tuesday. The managing director of the Korean major gave the cars to chief minister M. Karunanidhi, which were later distributed to the sub inspectors of police.

Managing director of Hyundai Motors H.S. Lheem handed over a large replica of a car key to chief minister M Karunanidhi, who, in turn, handed it over to the city police commissioner at a function here on Tuesday.

Union Communications and IT Minister Dayanidhi Maran was also present.

An HMIL release said here the company recognised the importance of managing the ever growing traffic on Indian roads.

“The initiative of donating vehicles to the Chennai Police is a bid to help the Tamil Nadu Government to improve local traffic conditions,” it said.

Seventy-two of these cars would be distributed to the law and order wing of the city police, three would be used as pilot vehicles for the chief minister’s convoy and the rest would be given to the traffic police.  The cars were arranged like the rays of a ‘Rising Sun’ at the Rajaratinam Stadium in Egmore where the function was held.  

City police commissioner Letika Saran said the cars would patrol busy roads in the city and would be used to attend to emergency calls.  The chief minister inaugurated a project called students traffic volunteer scheme through which a batch of college students would be trained in traffic enforcement and paid a stipend of Rs.1500 per month for their services. Hyundai Motors will pay the stipend.

“We are selecting the students from financially weak families so that the stipend would be helpful for them. Their services would be used for three hours a day so that their studies are not affected,” Ms Saran said.