New Delhi, January 23: We people have got so used to with the road accidents that we often turn off our eyes even if someone hits off the road. Seldom have one or two lent a hand to the road accident victim. Several of them die due to not receiving the treatment on time while some die due to non availability of cash on the spot. The government is taking an initiative to make “cashless” treatment for road accident victims of Delhi- Mumbai corridor.
Under the “cashless treatment scheme” the victim will be offered free treatment for first 48 hours at the hospitals nearest to the accident site. This scheme will be implemented by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and would cost around Rs.12 crore. Earlier the scheme was also implemented on three national highway stretchs, including Gurgaon-Jaipur and Mumbai-Vadodara stretches of NH-8 and Ranchi-Rargaon-Mahulia of NH 33. Ministry of road said that this project costs around Rs.30 crores.
The government is planning to implement this scheme from this week after the proposal gets a nod from NHAI. This scheme will be implemented across all the national highways of the country.
A senior official said that ‘During the earlier pilot projects, the ministry learnt that the awareness about the scheme was generally low. So publicizing the scheme will be a priority during its implementation on the Delhi-Mumbai corridor.’ To raise awareness about these scheme posters will be put up across the highway stretch at regular intervals. The scheme also has a provision of deploying GPS-fitted ambulances at every 25 km to shift accident victims to the nearest hospital at the earliest, senior official added.
Earlier the first project was taken up for Gurgaon- Jaipur stretch. The scheme also provides the toll free highway helpline number 1033 which is in use for certain stretches of national highways.