Greater Noida: Raghavendra Kumar, also known as the 'Helmet Man' is building helmet banks on the roads of India. First Helmet Bank is going to be established at Pari Chowk in the heart of Greater Noida city. Kumar has requested the Greater Noida Authority for a 200 square feet of space. As soon as the request gets approved, the helmet bank will be ready within the next 1 month. Any person in the district can avail of free brand helmet ISI standards for 7 days. Helmet Bank will be open from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm, 365 days a year.
This facility is only for the residents of Gautam Budh Nagar. The basic idea is to provide a helmet in case someone forgets to carry one from home. Also if someone needs the helmet for only a short duration, such as for a guest or a friend. There would be helmets available for children as well.
Some necessary documents will also be required to take a helmet, including your Aadhar card and the number of your two-wheeler. The helmet will be provided only for 7 days. After that, he can take the helmet again if needed. If someone does not return the helmet, he may also have to pay a fine of ₹10 per day. If someone doesn't return the helmet at all, a fine of 2000 rupees will be imposed. Helmets will also be available for children as young as four years. The aim of Kumar is to raise an army of volunteers to create awareness about road safety and save more people from road accidents in India. Kumar told us that almost every day, he gets calls from every corner of India seeking financial help for road accident victims.
Kumar has distributed more than 50 thousand helmets free of cost in the last 7 years after he lost his friend and has taken this mission to 22 states of India.
His work has also been appreciated by India's Transport Minister, Nitin Gadkari, and Bollywood actor Sonu Sood.