Rlys plans cess for emergency medical rooms

Written By Unknown on Sabtu, 13 Desember 2014 | 22.23

Mumbai:   The railways on Friday told the Bombay high court it was willing to set up emergency medical rooms at 15 major stations here but plan to hike suburban rail fares by levying a Golden Hour cess to fund the scheme. The railways' statement came after two earlier hearings when the HC had rapped it for failure to implement orders to set up the rooms to ensure rail accident victims are provided emergency medical aid during the Golden Hour (within an hour of the accident), when chances of survival are the highest. "This (providing medical aid) is your constitutional and legal obligation. You want to recover cess from passengers for providing medical help?" asked a division bench of Justices Abhay Oka and Ajay Gadkari.Asking why the railways wanted to penalize commuters, the judges slammed the Maharashtra government for "half truths'' about providing ambulance services at stations.

The court remarked that while the petitioner, Samir Zaveri, who was represented by his advocate Rajiv Singh, could challenge the policy with on the cess, it advised the railways to reconsider its decision.

The government faced the court's ire after it had claimed that it provided ambulance services at 38 stations under the 108 scheme.But inspection of some stations by assistant registrars on court orders found that these were shared facilities.The ambulances had basic life support facilities, and not advanced life support equipment. "If this is the concept of providing facility for lakhs of commuters, what is the use of providing it?'' asked the court. It directed the state to continue providing ambulance services at the stations for the six months it would take to set up rooms and told it to consider vehicles with advanced systems.

The HC has scheduled the next hearing on December 24, and has told the railways to file its affidavit.

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