Pune: On August 31, 2017, a 27-year-old techie, Pratibha Tambe, lost her life in a hit and run accident in Hinjawadi. Tambe, who was on her way to office in Hinjawadi Phase 1, was hit by a car before Mezza 9 chowk.
On December 30, 2016, a 30-year-old vegetable vendor was killed after the three-wheeler in which she was travelling was hit by a speeding car on Hinjawadi-Marunji road.
With more than two lakh vehicles reaching Hinjawadi on a daily basis, resulting in massive traffic chaos, Forum of IT Employees (FITE) has pointed out the need to have good measures in place for a dedicated ambulance corridor and awareness on giving way to ambulances in such situations.
As per Hinjawadi traffic division, it is in coordination with all hospitals in the region, who get in touch with them whenever they are in need of a dedicated ambulance corridor. The concept was started by the Hinjawadi traffic division few years back. Police Inspector K Mhasawade said that the hospitals inform them in advance about such needs of a ambulance corridor, which is required during emergency situations.
“We have kept the old trend going on. Traffic police is available round the clock to assist ambulances in the area. We will plan to provide better services,” added Mhasawade.
Pavanjit Mane, President of FITE, said that in situations of accidents and other such sudden medical emergency, the ambulance will get badly stuck in traffic, causing a heavy loss. “We all are aware of the fatal accident of Tambe. It’s been a year and traffic issues continue to bother each one of us. We will surely spread awareness on the need to have ambulance corridors,” added Mane.
The locals of Hinjawadi claim that ambulances frequently get stuck in the traffic. While there are a few private hospitals in Hinjawadi, patients are also rushed to government hospital in Aundh and getting out of Hinjawadi traffic remains a challenge for ambulance drivers in the area.