If you happen to see a traffic signal suddenly turn from red to green despite the times still ticking, don’t be alarmed. It is not a malfunction. The traffic police department recently called a meeting with all the hospitals in Bangalore along with the 108 service precisely for this.
The ambulance drivers will soon have android mobile phones through which they will have to call a dedicated phone number before picking up or dropping a patient or accident victim.
“We will have the dedicated line from end of May which will be handled at the traffic management centre. The ambulance driver will call this number and we will turn signals green automatically from here so that the ambulance can pass free,” said MA Saleem, additional commissioner, traffic.
The system will also track the ambulance until it reaches the destination, after which the driver will have to call the number again to disconnect.
“The system is being worked out as of now but will be in place by end of May. We will have a tracker which will automatically track the ambulance and switch the signal from red to green when it approaches a signal at a distance.
Once the patient is safe, the driver calls the number again and tracking will stop. We will also simultaneously co-ordinate with the traffic police who are on the field to make it more efficient,” he said.