<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The One Rupee Clinic will meet an untimely death on the Central Railway line due conflict between authorities. The initiative has been running successfully for four months at railway stations along the Central line – eight clinics are currently functional and 11 more were in the offing on the Central and Harbour line. These will shut down in three days according to the founder Dr Rahul Ghule.The reason for the termination of the programme, he says, is delay from the Railways in granting permission to set up the clinics within a station’s premises. This often depends on reclaiming the space by clearing hawkers. However, Sunil Udasi, chief public relations officer of Central Railway, says, “The One Rupee Clinics are functioning well. Neither the operator nor Central Railway has any issue with each other.””We wanted to serve the patients,” says Dr Ghule, “but due to politics and bureaucracy, we have failed to function properly. Due to these issues, we may not start them on the Western Line. We have invested over Rs 50 lakh in the project and wanted it to be an Emergency Medical Response (EMR) centre.”The functioning eight clinics have seen a footfall of over 20,000 visitors in their lifespan of four months. Most accident cases are treated at Dadar, Kurla, Mulund, Ghatkopar and Thane stations.In July, a baby was delivered at a clinic in Ghatkopar station as a Titwala-resident was travelling to a Dadar-based hospital to be admitted.Dr Ghule wrote a letter to the Divisional Railway Manager of Central Railway on Sunday, September 3, about the withdrawal of the initiative.In May, the clinic at Dadar station was partly demolished due to miscommunication from the Central Railway officials. It was partly razed while the extended pharmacy was being brought down. “We had to suffer a loss of over Rs 8 lakh,” says Dr Ghule.He says they will now open such clinics in slum pockets instead. “We are shifting these clinics to slum areas and lower middle class areas,” says Dr Ghule. “This will help us serve the needy in a cost-effective way.”

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One Rupee Clinics on CR to shut down