The Southern Railway on Wednesday called for an Expression of Interest (EoI) for construction and maintenance of free emergency medical facility centre at the Central Railway Station for a period of one year. The move follows a direction by the Madras High Court to the Railways to establish the facility at the station, a few days ago.
“It would be a round-the-clock facility to treat train passengers, who would require emergency medical attention,” an official with Chennai Division of Southern Railway said. “It would be run by sufficient staff and stocked with medicines,” the official added.
The issue would be addressed based on the proposals in EoI that the Railways received, the official said. Sources said a similar facility was available at Central Railway Station in the late 90s, but was discontinued.
“The upcoming emergency medical centre would be set up at a prominent location on the (Central Railway) station premises. With the Rajiv Gandhi Government GH situated diagonally opposite the station, patients could be shifted to the hospital immediately after initial treatment at the free emergency medical facility centre,” an official observed.