13 rly sta­tions yet to get am­bu­lances

Bet­ter med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties at sta­tions can help save those who meet with ac­ci­dents on tracks, in trains, say com­muters

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jyoti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: Though the num­ber of peo­ple, who die in Navi Mum­bai while cross­ing the rail­way tracks or by fall­ing from mov­ing trains in­creases ev­ery year, the gov­ern­ment and the rail­ways do not seem con­cerned about this.

Thir­teen out of 15 rail­way sta­tions in the satel­lite city still nei­ther have am­bu­lances nor doc­tors to take care of the ac­ci­dent vic­tims. At present, only Vashi and Nerul rail­way sta­tions have one am­bu­lance and two doc­tors each to take care of the com­muters, who suf­fer in­juries while trav­el­ling by trains. The other 13 sta­tions still de­pend on pri­vate am­bu­lances, which never come on time.

Ac­cord­ing to the rail­way sources, as many as 181 peo­ple died in rail­way ac­ci­dents in the ju­ris­dic­tion of Vashi GRP in 2015 as op­posed to 139 deaths in 2014. Like­wise, a to­tal of 71 peo­ple died in 2015 against 66 deaths in 2014 in Pan­vel GRP. This apart, nearly 200 peo­ple suf­fered in­juries while trav­el­ling in train in the city last year.

He­mant Sharma, an ac­tivist from Vashi and so­cial le­gal head of Sa­hayak NGO said, “Tushar Jad­hav, a 21-year-old en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent, was at­tacked and his throat was slashed by two mis­cre­ants in a train near Ghan­soli sta­tion last June. He was taken to a hos­pi­tal in Thane, which took nearly half-an-hour and he died even be­fore he could make it to the hos­pi­tal. Had there been an am­bu­lance at Ghan­soli sta­tion, he could have been in­stantly taken to a nearby hos­pi­tal and he would have sur­vived.”

“The city of Navi Mum­bai is known for its beau­ti­fully-de­vel­oped rail­way sta­tions. It’s an irony that the au­thor­i­ties are hardly pay­ing at­ten­tion to the safety of the com­muters in these ‘beau­ti­ful’ sta­tions,” he added.

“Sev­eral com­muters suf­fer in­juries while trav­el­ling by lo­cal trains. While it may not be pos­si­ble to pro­vide doc­tors and am­bu­lances to ev­ery sta­tion, ev­ery

three rail­way sta­tions can have an am­bu­lance and two doc­tors,” said Man­isha Naik, 37, a res­i­dent of Ghan­soli.

A se­nior of­fi­cial from the Cen­tral Rail­way (CR), who did not wish to be named, said, “We are plan­ning to get doc­tors and am­bu­lances for some more sta­tions in Navi Mum­bai. It is true that pro­vid­ing doc­tors and am­bu­lances for ev­ery sta­tion may not be pos­si­ble, but we are try­ing our level best to im­prove the sce­nario.”

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A to­tal of 181 peo­ple died in rail­way ac­ci­dents in the ju­ris­dic­tion of Vashi GRP in 2015.

Thir­teen out of 15 sta­tions still de­pend on pri­vate am­bu­lances, which never come on time.

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At present, only Vashi and Nerul rail­way sta­tions have one am­bu­lance and two doc­tors each to take care of the com­muters,

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