Most vic­tims die dur­ing golden hour

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

NAVI MUM­BAI: At a time when rail­way of­fi­cials are promis­ing more am­bu­lances at the sta­tions in Navi Mum­bai, scores of peo­ple are dy­ing not re­ceiv­ing treat­ment dur­ing the golden hour.

“If some­one is hit by a run- ning train be­tween two sta­tions, it takes 20 to 30 min­utes to take the per­son to a hos­pi­tal. If the vic­tim is crit­i­cally in­jured, we have to shift him or her to a hos­pi­tal in Vashi. Those who don’t re­ceive treat­ment dur­ing golden hours die on the way. There­fore it is nec­es­sary to have an am­bu­lance at all sta­tions and at all times,” said an of­fi­cial from Pan­vel rail­way sta­tion.

Around 50% of the vic­tims in Pan­vel area are beg­gars and labour­ers. “To get rid of the men­ace of beg­gars, the rail­way po­lice in Mum­bai send them to­wards Navi Mum­bai in lo­cal trains. As the trains do not go be­yond Pan­vel, these peo­ple get down here and keep roam­ing in the area. Many of them die while cross­ing the tracks,” he said. AK Singh, pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer, Cen­tral Rail­way said, “We have asked the sta­tion mas­ters to hire peo­ple for carry the vic­tims and we re­lease the funds as soon as we re­ceive their bills.”

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