First hi-tech relief van ‘SPART’ reaches Chhattisgarh

BILASPUR: Introduced by the Indian Railways, South Eastern Central Railway, Bilaspur zone has got the first- of-its-kind a self-propelled accident relief van with detachable engines on either side of the train. Known as High Speed Self Propelled Accident Relief Train (SPART), the van was brought to Bilaspur last week from Chennai.

“Earlier engines needed to be attached every time there was an accident, which took more than half-an-hour of the crucial time. But now with engines attached permanently on both the sides, it would immediately leave for the accident spot,” said Bilaspur division Chief Public Relation officer (CPRO), R K Agrawal. “Worth Rs 5 crore, this high-speed three-coach SPART, was manufactured at Integral Coach Factory, Chennai. It has been designed by Research Design and Standard Organization (RDSO),” he said. Relief van’s first coach is a staff van, second a medical van and third one being a tool van.

The well-equipped van has air-conditioned operation theatre, medical equipment and a furnished kitchen for the medical staff and accident victims who need immediate care and primary aid. In case of an emergency, the operation theater would be kept ready with medical specialists in the van. SPART runs with diesel.

Agrawal said in case of any accident, the primary task of the Indian Railways is to rescue the victim from the accident spot, in effective trauma care period called ‘The Golden Hour’.

Capable of running about 105 kmph, it can run on either direction as per the need and would be used for major accidents. Agrawal said that Chhattisgarh would be gifted with another relief van within a month’s time.