Govt to provide trauma care ambulances to municipalities

The State Transport Department will start providing, in a phase-wise manner, trauma care ambulances to various municipalities and administrative officials from various districts. 

The ambulances would be distributed among the beneficiaries at a programme on January 22. The municipalities that will receive trauma care ambulances in the first phase are Murshidabad, Dhuliyan, Kharagpur and Kaliaganj, along with the district magistrate of Jhargram and a few clubs.

Each ambulance will have a doctor, nurses and paramedical staff. The maintenance and repair of the ambulances would be the responsibility of those using them.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has laid enormous stress on the issue of road safety. Her brainchild, the ‘Safe Drive, Save Life’ project, is a success that has been recognised at the national level. She has also instructed the police and district administration to identify the black spots along national and State highways and take preventive measures to check accidents.

Source: Millennium Post


Water taxis, to be run on Hooghly, named after State Govt schemes

A few months back, we had written about the State Government planning to start water taxi services on the Hooghly.

Two water taxis have been bought for the purpose, which Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has named after two of the prominent schemes she has devised – Sishu Sathi and Save Life. The services will be inaugurated soon.

Both of these schemes have been highly successful. While Sishu Sathi arranges for free heart operations for children, Save Life Safe Drive attempts to inculcate proper driving habits and teach people to follow road rules.

The Transport Department will run the vessels. Previously, the Chief Minister had named other projects of the Transport Department too, including Gatidhara, Jaladhara and the Pathasathi app.

The water taxis will be operating on two routes. One will be operating from Millennium Park Ghat to Dakshineswar via Belur Math while the other will be operating from Millennium Park Ghat to Belur Math via Dakshineswar.

There are eight seats in each of the water taxis. Six passengers will be carried on each trip, with the two remaining seats to be occupied by the operator and a safety officer. The operator and the safety officer will both be trained personnel, and will oversee the safety and security of passengers.

There are many places of interest along the banks of the Hooghly, both on the northern and southern sides of Millennium Park. If everything go as planned, more water taxis will be introduced, for trips from Millennium Park to Princep Ghat and Kidderpore.

Source: Millennium Post