Navi Mumbai The Central Railway (CR) is building an emergency medical room (EMR) outside Vashi railway station and is likely to become operational by the next month, said a senior railway official.
“The construction of the medical room outside Vashi station is underway, and the facility will be ready by January 2017. We will outsource the task of operating the EMR, and the agency would be responsible for providing doctors and maintaining the facility,” said a senior CR official.
The centre will treat those injured at Vashi, Sanpada and in peripheral areas, thus ensuring treatment during the golden hour.
Sudarshan Khurana, manager of Vashi railway station, said, “Presently, we send the injured to the NMMC hospital in Sector-10 in the ambulance we have at the station. Ferrying the injured takes time and on several occasions they do not receive timely treatment. So an EMR near the station was the need of the hour. We are glad that the railways have provided it.”
Railway sources from Navi Mumbai said that as many as 146 people died either by falling from trains or while crossing railway tracks in the first six months of 2016. While 132 sustained injuries during the same period. However, the city witnessed as many as 252 train deaths in 2015 as compared to 205 in 2014.
Manisha Kurne, 26, a Vashi resident, said, “It’s a big relief for the commuters. The railways finally took the much-needed step after sitting on it for a long time. We hope they will develop such rooms outside other stations as well.”