The Bhubaneswar traffic police authorities are planning to integrate their modern control room with the control room of the state-run ‘108 ambulance service’ to enable smooth passage of ambulances in the city.
Private hospitals have promised to install vehicle tracking devices in the ambulances.
Earlier this year, the state government decided to develop dedicated ‘ambulance corridors’ in Odisha, especially in Bhubaneswar where the traffic is comparatively thicker as compared to other cities in the state. The police has also been asked to allow any ambulances during VVIP programmes.
How Does It Work
Police have asked all hospitals to alert its control room (100) or traffic police station (1095) when ambulances leave the hospitals to bring patients or refer patients to other hospitals.
Once an ambulance is on the road, the driver would have to make a phone call to the traffic police control room and inform personnel there about the route it would be taking.
The control room will convey the message to the constables on traffic posts across the route through the wireless system. The constables would then clear the traffic on the lane dedicated to the ambulance and give it a clear passage.
Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation has been asked to install automatic public address systems in traffic posts to clear passage for ambulances. When any ambulance reaches close to a traffic post, the public address system will automatically ask people to make way to the emergency vehicle.
The traffic police department has urged the works department officers to widen roads at some major traffic posts to keep aside a lane for ambulances.
Courtesy: The Times of India