Parking space not available, IGMC patients, visitors hassled

Bhanu P Lohumi

Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 31

The state government's reluctance to delete the Sanjauli-IGMC road from the list of restricted roads is causing a lot of inconvenience to patients and their attendance. Heavy fines for traffic violations under new rules have added to their anguish.

Attendants being challaned

There is no parking space for patients and their attendants as vehicle parking is not allowed on the Sanjauli-IGMC road. When attendants reach the hospital with patients, they are virtually hounded by the traffic police and challaned. — Amit, Resident, Shimla

Residents rue that the state government had opened the Vidhan Sabha-Boileauganj road under pressure from lawyers, even though there were alternative routes to reach the district courts but it had failed to open alternative roads leading to the IGMC.

There is no parking space for patients and their attendants as vehicle parking is not allowed on the Sanjauli-IGMC road, which is quite wide. When attendants reach the hospital with patients, they are virtually hounded by the traffic police and indiscriminately challaned, alleged Amit, a local resident.

Attendants of serious patients are so hassled that they cannot decide whether to admit their patients or look for a parking space. Invariably, vehicles are challaned when attendants complete the formalities for admitting the patient and are running from pillar to post for immediate tests, etc.

The road is open for VIPs, who have got permits for this restricted road, while patients are at the receiving end as they are forced to pay heavy fines for "unauthorised parking". Either the government should provide sufficient parking for vehicles of patients or open the road or direct the police to stop harassing patients for wrong parking, say attendants.

There are about 1,500 doctors, paramedical and other staff working in the IGMC, which has a bed capacity of 850 beds. On an average, 2,000 patients come to OPDs every day, said Senior Medical Superintendent, IGMC, Dr Janak Raj.

At present, the parking cannot meet the requirements of the hospital staff. However, the Shimla Municipal Corporation is constructing parking lots to accommodate about 750 vehicles but still that would not resolve the problems faced by the visitors, says another resident Sushil.

"Why is the government insensitive to the problems of patients and is unwilling to open the road? Patients are already suffering due to their ailments and on top of it, their vehicles are being challaned," said a patient, who was admitted to the hospital due to some complications.

"My mother was admitted to the hospital for a week and my vehicle, which was parked on the roadside in the vicinity of the hospital, was challaned twice, even though it was not causing any hindrance in vehicular movement," said another visitor.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service
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