New Delhi: The air ambulance crash in Faridabad has once again brought the issue of construction of a helipad atop the AIIMS Trauma Center in the national capital to the fore. Construction of the helipad has failed to start even three years after the proposal was mooted over.

And as per the sources in the premier medical institute, the construction has failed to take-off primarily due to two reasons: indifferent attitude of administration and paucity of funds.

Notably, in 2007, government had planned to build a helipad on the roof of the AIIMS Trauma Center for fast access of emergency medical treatment during the Commonwealth Games, the construction for which was to begin from January 2008.

For the implementation of the procedures, the government needed a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Civil Aviation Ministry, Home Ministry, Defence Ministry and Airport Authority of India. The administration had claimed that after completing the certification formalities, the construction work for the helipad will commence in January 2008.

The administration approached the army for the assessing the ability of the foundations of the Trauma Center’ to bear the vibrations produced due to the landing of the helicopter on the roof top. Based on the assessment, the weight of choppers that could get permission to land on the roof top helipad is determined.

As per the proposal a control room will also be constructed at the center to control the landing and take-off of the air ambulances.

The unique facility planned for the Center will be the first of its kind project in India and such a system is available only at US Baltimore Shock Trauma Center.

“A team from the US center also visited and gave certain recommendations in February 2007,” sources stated.

Air ambulances bring 2-3 patients in Delhi daily

After the recent air ambulance crash in Faridabad, the debate has deepened over the safety of patient’s carriers. In Delhi, on an average basis at least two patients come to the national capital to get treatment each day. The patients, who generally travel through the air ambulance, suffer from either Neuro or Heart diseases.

According to a study, in a year more than 100 patients visit Apollo Hospital through air ambulances while Max registers at least 36 patients and Gangaram witnesses around 12 patients.

Doctor SC Sharma, who looks after the patients visiting through air ambulance in Gangaram said that the ratio of such patients in his hospital ranges from 10-12.

According to Ravi Prakash, Manager of an air charted service, which provide services to the Apollo hospital said, “The plane carrying Rahul, which crashed in Faridabad, had a small engine and was four years old. The company has three other such planes”.

He elaborated that Rs 70,000 is charged from patients on per hour basis. Prakash also mentioned that on a daily basis two or three patients are brought to the capital hospitals.

According to Apollo hospital these services are being provided since 1999.