Ambulance caught in jam, patient dies in Old Delhi
New Delhi: Reaching medical help should have taken Mohammad Riazuddin around 10 minutes from his home in Lal Kuan in Old Delhi. Instead, the ambulance hurrying the 45-year-old who had suffered a heart attack on Saturday morning to hospital had its progress hampered by congestion. Even half an hour later, it had moved just around 100 metres. By the time, Riazuddin reached Bansal Hospital in Hauz Qazi a few kilometres from his home, an hour had elapsed — and he had breathed his last.
Perhaps if the authorities had listened to numerous pleas for a relook at the existing road system, Riazuddin may not have lost his life. Riazuddin’s family is now contemplating moving court or requesting police to ensure that shops on the stretch leave at least room enough for a rickshaw to pass through and the Khari Baoli-Lal Kuan-Hauz Qazi road, which runs parallel to the capital’s red light district of GB Road, is cleared of its perpetual gridlock.