Soon, dial­y­sis pa­tients to have re­served seats in NMMT buses

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sengupta sang­hami­tra.sengupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Fol­low­ing the foot­prints of Bri­han­mum­bai Elec­tric Sup­ply and Trans­port ( BEST), the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Trans­port (NMMT) has now de­cided to re­serve a seat for dial­y­sis pa­tients.

The move was also de­cided af­ter the civic au­thor­i­ties re­ceived sug­ges­tions from peo­ple to re­serve a seat for peo­ple un­der­go­ing re­nal re­place­ment ther­apy.

BEST had started a sim­i­lar ini­tia­tive in Jan­uary this year, where the dial­y­sis pa­tients have been given a ded­i­cated re­served and also al­lowed to give front door ac­cess.

Pa­tients have to get an iden­tity card from BEST at a fee of Rs10 and a cer­tifi­cate of dial­y­sis to ac­cess the fa­cil­ity. Cur­rently, 47 peo­ple have been reg­is­tered with BEST.

“We have been re­ceiv­ing sug­ges­tions from peo­ple to al­lot a seat for dial­y­sis pa­tients. We have de­cided to re­serve a dedi- cated seat for them like we have for the se­nior cit­i­zens, ladies and phys­i­cally chal­lenged,” said Sabu Daniel, chair­man of Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Trans­port.

The of­fi­cials said the pa­tients would be al­lowed to board and alight the bus from the front door.

How­ever, they are yet to de­cide whether the pa­tients un­der­go­ing dial­y­sis need to have a sep­a­rate I- card to be is­sued by NMMT.

“We have not yet de­cided about the process for giv­ing the fa­cil­ity to the dial­y­sis pa­tients but we will keep it con­ve­nient so that pa­tients can have an easy ac­cess,” said Shirish Arad­wad, trans­port man­ager of NMMT.

Pa­tients un­der­go­ing such treat­ment have wel­comed the move.

“Many kid­ney fail­ure pa­tients can­not af­ford to com­mute through pri­vate trans­port and it will be a re­lief if the fa­cil­ity is started in all the civic trans­port buses,” said Suren­dra Subra­ma­niam, 43, res­i­dent of Kharghar.

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