Patients and their relatives had to bear the brunt of the fuel strike as they could not find taxis and ambulances. Anamika Singh,a student of Aryan College who met with an accident,could not get a taxi to Sion Hospital,which is around five minutes away from the college. According to her friend,Puneet Podari,they made unsuccessful attempts to hail a cab. Finally,a car which was going to refuel dropped us at the hospital, he said.
Again,23-year-old Abdul Kalams family had a hard time to shift him to Sion Hospital for a CT scan as most ambulances were not operational. Since morning I have been frantically calling up ambulance services but most were helpless as there was no fuel. We were supposed to reach hospital by 1 pm for CT scan but we reached by 7 pm, said Nasrunisa,Kalams mother.
According to operators of ambulance services,the petrol pumps were denying refill to ambulances running without patients. Anand Chanyal of the Bhagwati ambulance serivces said: Of the five ambulances weve,only two are functional as only these two managed to get fuel. Pumps denied fuel to ambulances that ran without patients.
There were allegations of fleecing at petrol pumps. Pankaj Patil of Sai Siddhi hearse services said he was asked to pay more for diesel. We had to ferry a body to Jodhpur. We were charged Rs 45 per litre of diesel which actually it is Rs 35 per litre, he said.