New Delhi, Aug 28 IANS | 2 months ago

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.

(Posted on 29-08-2014)

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