Mumbai-Pune Expressway to get trauma care centre

Two years hence, medical aid will be available within the golden hour to accident victims on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, which witnesses around 1,500 mishaps every year.

MSRDC has awarded the contract for a trauma care centre and air ambulance service near the 94.5-km road to Pune-based Woodstock Helicopters.

"The company has a plot at Ozarde village near Talegaon toll post. It will construct the trauma care centre and a helipad and transfer it to MSRDC. We have given the company two years for implementation," said an official.

The facility will be spread across the eight-acre plot. The level-four trauma care centre will be equipped to conduct initial evaluation, stabilise accident victims and provide diagnostic services. A level-four trauma care centre can provide surgical and critical care services as well.

"Woodstock Helicopters will operate the helipad. The company will get all necessary approvals from Directorate General of Civil Aviation, the defence ministry and local bodies," the official said.

Accident victims can pay and use the heliport at Ozarde to avail air ambulance services of any hospital. Four ambulances have been stationed along the expressway with a control room in Lonavla, but there is no trauma care centre.

MSRDC had invited proposals from private companies who own land close to the expressway to set up the trauma care centre on a build, operate and transfer basis. It received three proposals.

Woodstock was selected as its land was the most suitable for the project.

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