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Posted on Aug 29 2014 | IANS

New Delhi, Aug 28 : The road transport and highways ministry Thursday launched pilot projects for cashless treatment of road accident victims.

The ministry signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for two such projects - one on the Vadodara-Mumbai stretch of national highway-8 and the other on the Ranchi-Rargaon-Mahulia stretch of national highway-33.

Under the projects, a toll free number 1033 and a 24x7 call centre will receive information about accidents on the two stretches.

"There will be a provision for deploying GPS-fitted ambulances at every 25 km to shift the accident victims to the nearest hospital in the shortest possible time," said a statement issued by the ministry.

"In case of admission to a private empanelled hospital, cashless treatment for the first 48 hours (two days) within a limit of Rs.30,000 will be provided," it added.

The MoU for the Vadodara-Mumbai stretch was signed with the IFFCO Tokyo General Insurance Company and the one for the Ranchi-Rargaon-Mahulia stretch with the ICICI Lombard general insurance.

The ministry also requested the heavy industries department to fund a scientific investigation of accidents on the two stretches as the department is already conducting such investigations on the Gurgaon-Jaipur stretch.

"Results from the findings will provide inputs for improvements in vehicle design and regulations, road geometry etc., to minimise damages in such accidents in future," it said.

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