Soon, dialysis patients to have reserved seats in NMMT buses
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.