BMC’s quick re­sponse team saves the day

The civic body’s dis­as­ter man­age­ment cell jumped into action, de­ploy­ing am­bu­lances, doc­tors and paramed­i­cal staff as soon as of­fi­cials got the distress call about stam­pede

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WITH the 108 am­bu­lance out­side the El­phin­stone Road sta­tion prov­ing use­less, it was the BMC’s dis­as­ter man­age­ment cell that saved the day. The civic body re­ceived a call about the stam­pede at 10.30 am, and im­me­di­ately sent 14 am­bu­lances to the spot to ferry the in­jured to KEM Hos­pi­tal.

Sud­hir Naik, deputy mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner, said, “Im­me­di­ately after we got to know about the in­ci­dent, a team of four doc­tors with paramed­i­cal staff was de­puted to pro­vide ba­sic treat­ment to in­jured pa­tients. We also alerted KEM Hos­pi­tal, where 40 doc­tors and 200 paramed­i­cal staff were ded­i­cated to treat and look after the stam­pede vic­tims.” The BMC is also in the process of as­sess­ing the con­di­tion of 314 bridges — in­clud­ing FOBs and ROBs — that are un­der the civic body’s purview. This does not in­clude FOBs used by rail­way com­muters (pass and ticket hold­ers), which are looked after by rail­way au­thor­i­ties. An of­fi­cial said, “The in­ven­tory of such bridges will in­clude each and ev­ery de­tail, such as age, last date of re­pair, ca­pac­ity and other fac­tors.”

The sur­vey is likely to be com­pleted by De­cem­ber.

PIC/SURESH KARKERA

A para­medic rushes an in­jured vic­tim to KEM Hos­pi­tal.

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