Am­bu­lance caught in jam, pa­tient dies in Old Delhi

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION -

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.

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