Accident vic­tims on ex­press­way get quick re­lief

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

Ac­ci­dents along the Mum­bai-Pune Ex­press­way have re­port­edly re­duced con­sid­er­ably since the de­ploy­ment of Quick Re­sponse Van (QRV) in Novem­ber.

The QRV was de­ployed on Novem­ber 6 in Pan­vel by Ma­ha­rash­tra State Road De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (MSRDC) to ad­dress emer­gency sit­u­a­tions on the ex­press­way. Since then, around 200 calls have been at­tended to by the QRV which pro­vides early re­lief to accident vic­tims.

The van was ini­tially de­ployed at Lon­avla on an ex­per­i­men­tal ba­sis with the help of Aryan Pump Com­pany. The sys­tem helped reach accident vic­tims in ghat ar­eas in short du­ra­tion.

Hence, three more QRVs have been de­ployed on the ex­press­way at Pan­vel, Kha­la­pur and Tale­gaon.

Trained res­cue op­er­a­tors have been posted on the van. Most calls to the van come from Kha­la­pur and Lon­avla.

“Around 200 calls have been at­tended since the QRV ser­vice was started in Pan­vel on Novem­ber 6. The squad has en­sured that the traf­fic norms are not vi­o­lated and there is smooth flow of traf­fic. The van is the first to reach in case of fire,” said Hari­das Surya­van­shi, who leads the squad at Pan­vel.

“On Novem­ber 23, a truck car­ry­ing devo­tees of Ekveera was in­volved in an accident at Bhatan tun­nel. The QRV was the first to reach the spot and start res­cue op­er­a­tion,” said Chetan Patil, a squad mem­ber.

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