Commuters can now get medical treatment at just Rs 1, as one-rupee clinics have been launched at 14 railway stations in Mumbai. These clinics have been launched by Central Railway in collaboration with ‘Magicdil’, a city-based medical firm. These clinics will operate 24/7 and aim to provide medical assistance to commuters as well as rail accident victims. The consultation fee at these clinics is just Rs 1. Medical tests such as blood pressure check, blood sugar test, ECG, nebulizer, etc. will also be available at these clinics at a fraction of the cost of market rates.
The launch of these clinics comes in the wake of a recent order by Bombay High Court, wherein the court had ordered the railways to set up Emergency Medical Rooms (EMRs) at all stations on the Central and Western Line in a phased manner. The court’s order came in response to a petition filed by rail activist Samir Zaveri, who had pointed out to the lack of medical facilities for commuters and rail accident victims at various stations in Mumbai.
Speaking on the launch of the one-rupee clinics, Rahul Ghule of Magicdil said, “We wanted to provide affordable Medical service to common people. We came to know about railway plan to start such scheme thus we offered them our plan and idea. Railways had helped us with the infrastructure to build these clinics.”