<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Having an Emergency Medical Room (EMR), with qualified doctors and nursing staff at Elphinstone or Parel Railway station, surely would have helped in providing medical aid in the accident golden hour to stampede victims. However, this was not there because of the policy adopted by Western Railways that it will provide emergency rooms only at stations where 100 or more accidents occur in a year.Advocate Jamshed Mistry, who has been appointed as amicus curiae in a Public Interest litigation highlighting the lack of safety measures on railway platforms said “Policy adopted by railways is strictly non-passenger friendly. They should have provided Emergency Medical Rooms at all railways stations. If at all it would have been there today, basic medical help could have been extended to the victims of the stampede.”As per the policy called ‘Policy Guidelines for setting EMR,’ criteria for setting up an emergency room would be the number of accidents on these stations annually has to be over 100.The facility would be provided wherever a spare room is available and in stations where a spare room is not available, since the facility would be provided by “either constructing-erecting portable cabins or renting at the nearest possible location.Mistry has urged the Bombay High Court to review the policy and at least reduce the number of fatal accidents from 100 to 50 or even less. He says “Every life is important and first aid to an accident victim can help prevent a fatality.” CR has agreed to review the policy but WR has been adamant in starting medical rooms at every stations. It has limited itself to providing ambulances round the clock which can ferry passengers to a nearby private or public hospital.The HC has questioned this stand taken by the railways.


An EMR that could have saved lives