Srinagar: Tramboo Cement Industry (TCI) in coordination with traffic police, government medical college Srinagar, Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Science (SKIMS) and Government Polytechnic College Gogjibagh on Wednesday organized awareness campaign to highlight the importance of ambulances.
Minister of Roads and Buildings, Nayeem Akhter, flagged off the mock drill from the office of the senior superintendent of traffic police at Residency Road. Various ambulances took different routes of the Srinagar city in a form of caravan. Dozens of students and traffic policemen drove side by side with the ambulances on motorbikes and made several rounds in the city. Students and traffic officials carried placards with slogans highlighting the essence of ambulatory services. “Save human life, give way to ambulances,” read one of the placards.
Akhter regretted that there was less consciousness among the people of Kashmir that ambulances should be given space to maneuver on the roads. “This campaign is for everyone be it VIPs, escort persons and other protected persons that they should provide way to ambulances because it is the matter of life,” he said. “We should learn lesson from this campaign that ambulances should be given priority.”
SSP Traffic Sargan Shukla appealed to the people not to stop their vehicles in front of the ambulances. “We have provided hot line numbers for the violation. If anyone of you (people) find some vehicle blocking the way of an ambulance click a picture and send it to us, we will take a strict action against the driver,” she said.
Spokesperson of TCI on the sidelines of the event told Kashmir Reader that awareness campaign was necessary because people seldom care for human lives as they do not provide smooth passages to the ambulances. “Many patients die because they do not reach hospital on time. The purpose of the event is to aware people that human lives should be given priority by allowing ambulances’ smooth passage,” he said.