India’s Central Railway has joined forces with medical consultant organization Magicidil to open One Rupee ($0.0154311) medical clinics in 14 major railway stations in Mumbai – a network better known as the One Rupee Clinics. This comes in response to an order by Bombay High Court’s directing railway authority to set up Emergency Medical Rooms at all stations on the Central and Western Line over phases. The order successfully champions rail activist Samir Zaveri’s concern, which he brought to the attention of the Bombay High Court in March of this year when he filed a complaint on the issue of lack of prompt medical help in the case of accidents on railway tracks.
The medical clinics will be open 24 hours a day all week long, and each clinic will be staffed by three to four doctors with primary medical qualifications. The One Rupee Clinics will be accompanied by a Magicdil Pharmacy and a Magicdil Pathology Clinic at every station. The pharmacies will provide 10% to 21% discount on all medicines while the clinics will provide 10% to 40% discount on all tests. Blood pressure and blood sugar checkups will also be provided at discounted prices.
“During railway [accidents, victims need] immediate medical assistance thus we have all necessary equipment and life saving tools and medicines including ECG machines, Ambu bags, Pulse-Oxymeter, Oxygen cylinders,” said Rahul Ghule of Magicdil. The intervention aims to curb the number of lives senselessly lost to India’s notorious railway system. In the past decade, a total of 25,722 passengers fell from suburban trains travelling on the Western, Central and Harbour suburban services in Mumbai Commissionerate, resulting in 6,989 deaths.
Efforts to address India’s railway problem are not confined to state initiatives, however. In a visit to Mumbai earlier this year, Hyperloop Transportation Technology (HTT) Chairman and co-founder Bibop Gresta revealed that if the Indian city is as serious about installing this technology as he is, the subcontinent could have a high-tech railway system in around three years. Although no deal has been made with the city, Gresta explained that all of the factors in India, in terms of population density and lack of infrastructure, make it fit for the Hyperloop-technology-driven railway system.