Today, Nitin Gadkari, the Minister of Road Transport and Highways, along with General VK Singh the Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, inaugurated 90 Basic Car Ambulances in New Delhi.
These ambulances will be distributed in various regions across the nation including, Andaman and Nicobar Island, Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, and Uttarakhand. The initiative has been undertaken by the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL).
These ambulances are manufactured by Tata Motors at a total cost of Rs. 18.63 crores excluding GST, aims in reducing the death rate. It plays a key role in stabilizing the critically injured person. As per the Road Accident Statistics, there are nearly 415 deaths due to road accidents. However, out of this, 40 percent of lives can be saved if they are medically treated at the correct time. These Basic Car ambulances would help to achieve this goal.