With his mother requiring a follow up visit after having undergone heart surgery in the past,29-year-old Anuj drove her to PGI all the way from Himachal Pradesh. It,however,took him 30 minutes to find a place to park his car.
A lack of proper signage ensured that he had to keep moving his car,while his ailing mother sought space at the parking lot in the institutes advanced cardiac centre,which can barely manage 60 cars.
After half an hours ordeal,he had to park his car behind Chuttani Block and hire a rickshaw till the advanced cardiac centre,a route which can otherwise take at least 15 minutes by foot.
Anuj and his ailing mother are not the only ones. It is an everyday struggle for dozens of patients and their relatives to find place for their vehicles. And in the absence of proper signage,it gets even worse. The authorities on other hand,have made it a point to earmark tow away zones all over the campus,but have not bothered to set up signboards pointing to alternative parking places.
With the institute having added more specialities and also inaugurating advanced centres for many of them,parking has remained a perennial problem for both,the patients as well as the institute.
For the authorities,it is a problem of the plenty,as the institute is overcrowded and nothing can be done. We are trying our best to expand the parking lots for the convenience of the visitors in whatever space that is available with in the institute, said the PGI official spokesperson.
On any given day,PGI caters to over 5,000 patients who visit different out patient departments (OPDs) besides over 300 patients who are in the institutes emergency wing,and their attendants.
Once the Advanced Trauma Centre (ATC),which is partially functional as of now,operates at capacity,the matter is only going to get worse as the Centre has a parking lot that can only accommodate about 50-60 cars in its basement. Even now,patients and their relatives can be seen struggling for parking in order to go to the trauma wing through its main entrance.
Once the ATC becomes fully functional,it would be difficult for the patients,to be wheeled in as there is no parking lot there. So a relative of the patient will drop the patients at the door to find a place to park the vehicle. By the time he comes back,precious time would be lost. For trauma cases ,accident victims,every second counts. No body seems to have thought about this practical problem while conceptualising a state of the art building like Advanced Trauma Centre without an adequate parking place,said a senior faculty member of the institute.