Road in front of NIMHANS had a huge traffic snarl caused by VIP movement
Even as Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi spoke about quality control at a summit organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry at NIMHANS here on Thursday, a six-month-old baby was battling for life in an ambulance on the stretch of road in front of the venue that had a huge traffic jam caused by VIP movement.
Being shifted from MEG Hospital in Hoskote to the Indira Gandhi Child Health Institute, the sick child was incessantly wailing.
The 108 Arogya Kavacha ambulance that was ferrying the child from Hoskote was stuck for almost 20 minutes in the traffic jam near Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology.
A traffic policeman posted near the hospital said the usual traffic chaos on this stretch had worsened on Thursday with the arrival of Mr. Modi to NIMHANS. “We had to stop traffic for some time to make way for the Gujarat Chief Minister's convoy,” he said.
After struggling to manoeuvre on the potholed road for almost 20 minutes, Pratap, the pilot of the ambulance had to forcibly make way through the vehicles before he could take a sharp cut to enter into the campus of the child health institute.
If Mr. Modi's convoy was one reason for the jam on the road, the huge craters and potholes only worsened matters. The rains added to the problem with motorists trying to avoid the slush filled potholes.
Director of Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health Shivananda said the baby's parents later shifted it to Vani Vilas Hospital.
Gurucharan K.S., spokesperson for GVK-EMRI that runs the 108 Arogya Kavacha ambulance service in Karnataka, said VIP visits and the resultant traffic jams were the usual problems that the ambulance pilots faced.
“Motorists simply do not make way. Needless to mention, some even overtake our ambulances,” Mr. Gurucharan added.