Shimla (Dec 25) Himachal Pradesh, Chief Minister, Prem Kumar Dhumal today gave green signal to fleet of about 50, well equipped ultra modern GVK EMRI ambulances which would provide free of cost service to people of this state named as as Atal Swasthaya Sewa from here today.
Thus, Himachal Pradesh becomes second state in the north India after Uttrakhand which joined the club of 11 Indian states, where this state of art emergency ambulance service all ready to make this a pan-India project by 2011.
While launching this service at historic ‘Ridge ground’ dedicated to former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his birth day today, Dhumal gave green signal to 50 ambulances that left for six district amid X-Mass rush with green light with emergency siren.
Later he addressed a press conference highlighting various aspect of this scheme and said that fully funded by state government about 50 ambulances would start in six district in first leg including Solan, Shimla, Sirmour, Bialspur, Hamirpur and Una.
He said that it would be completely operational till end of March 2011, after extending it to four more district till February next years. However scheme would take five years to fully come up in the entire state including tribal district in the next five years.
Additional to the convey of about 400 ambulances being run by state government, presently the new service would be operated by Hyderabad based M/s GVK-EMRI, a charitable trust in PPP mode on non profit basis e annually funded by state government spending Rs 14.39 Crore on with initial investment of Rs 18 Crore.