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MSRDC invites bidders to run trauma centre on Mumbai-Pune Expressway

The centre at Ozarde near Talegaon has been ready for the past three years. It has operation and recovery rooms, and two helipads.

mumbai Updated: Jan 25, 2018 10:09 IST
Tanushree Venkatraman
The centre at Ozarde near Talegaon has been ready for the past three years. It has operation and recovery rooms, and two helipads
The centre at Ozarde near Talegaon has been ready for the past three years. It has operation and recovery rooms, and two helipads(FILE)

The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has finally issued an expression of interest for charitable institutions/hospitals to come forward and run the trauma care center on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.

The centre at Ozarde near Talegaon has been ready for the past three years. It has operation and recovery rooms, and two helipads. However, it is not operational as there are no doctors or paramedical staff to treat accident victims.

Though a few organisations had come forward to run the center in 2017, MSRDC officials said they wanted to make it a fair and competitive process by inviting interested parties. The process of shortlisting institutions will take a month, an official from MSRDC said.

Last year, Mumbai’s Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Temple Trust had also agreed to fund the medical equipment required for the centre. “However, the trust had passed a resolution that the equipment will be supplied to a charitable hospital or the one attached to a charitable organization,” said Kiran Kurundkar, joint managing director, MSRDC.

The trust had made a provision of Rs 1.25 crore in their budget to supply the equipment. Kurundkar also said the institution or hospital will have to run the centre on a no-cost basis as the wherewithal and equipment have already been made available.

The 94-km expressway is fast emerging as a death trap considering the number of deaths and injuries. As many as 1,323 people were killed in 4,634 accidents between 2010 and 2016. With such a high rate of accidents, a trauma care center is essential to provide medical assistance during the ‘golden hour’ to save lives. The state home department is also looking at adopting measures to make the expressway a zero-fatality corridor by 2020.