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How Gurgaon Traffic Police managed their 'Green Corridor' to transfer a live heart
Gurgaon traffic is infamous for its chaotic nature, yet recently when a green corridor for a heart transplant had to be created, things worked seamlessly and a 16 year old boy in Delhi, got the heart from the donor in Gurgaon. It all happened on last Saturday, January 06.

The 32-km distance from Gurgaon's Fortis Memorial Research Institute, where the donor's heart was harvested, to Delhi's Fortis Escorts Heart Institute in Okhla was covered in just 29 minutes.

Gurgaon's DCP Traffic and ACP Traffic, while talking more on the heart's memorable journey gave a detailed glimpse to us about the entire arrangement, which was made to create the green corridor. We tried to bring a picture of exactly what kind of preparedness was required to actually undergo such an exercise.

DCP traffic Vinod Kaushik and ACP Traffic Inderjeet said that creation of the green corridor in Gurgaon on experimental basis is a common occurrence and they do a number of mock drills to brush up their organizational skills. They do these exercises twice every month. Although this is for the first time that an actual, beating heart was transfered from Gurgaon to Delhi through the green corridor.

Gurgaon's ACP (Traffic) Inderjeet said, ''I have joined the office just a month back and we have already done the drill twice. When we get the intimation, we look for the shortest route and then clear the traffic of that area or divert it and create the corridor.'' He added that even if they are informed just an hour before about any such transplant, they can put together a team to create a corridor.

Vinod Kaushik, DCP Traffic informed that this time, while creating the green corridor, 15 police personnel were deployed with the ambulance to ensure safe passage of the heart. When asked if there was any future plans to create a permanent green corridor for medical emergencies, Kaushik said, ''Although this would be a very good initiative and we also want it, however, there is no space in Gurgaon to provide for an empty road, which would be traffic free and used only for medical purposes.''

In a latest development, in Delhi errant drivers have to pay a fine of Rs 2000 if they block the way of an ambulance. Whether Gurgaon is also planning to adopt similar stricter measures to ensure that an ambulance reaches its destination on time. On this DCP Kaushik said most people in Gurgaon give way to ambulances and cooperate.

On the other hand ACP Inderjeet said, ''We are waiting to see the success rate of Delhi and then only we would take a decision as to whether to employ such a rule in Gurgaon.''

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