A group of taxi drivers at Dadar railway station took on the task of ferrying all hospital staff and patients for free to the Tata Memorial Centre and KEM Hospital on Thursday morning while the Bharat Bandh shut most of citys transportation.
The drivers,from Sion Koliwada,usually transport outstation passengers arriving at Dadar station in their Eeco vans.Of a group of at least 40,only 25 showed up for work today. When we saw these people waiting,we made up our minds no matter what we will take them to the hospital, said Balwant Singh (49),who was behind the idea. He added that activists stopped them on two occasions but let them go when they saw they were carrying patients.
Tata Memorial spokesperson
S H Jaffrey said,We are very thankful to them for helping us out. Last night,we were worried what would happen to the patients.
We know that 8 to 10 am is the OPD timings. Many of these people travel from far-off places for treatment and it is only a 4-km stretch, said driver Goldie (46). He added that the men did not stop at four persons per vehicle. We even pushed some in the boot of the car! Those really sick sat in the front seat, he said.
These taxi drivers normally cater to the mail train passengers. I was prepared to punch in for work late today but was pleasantly surprised when I reached Dadar station, said Swati Mhatre (33),a Tata Memorial employee.
Taxi driver Tejpal (38) said,Politicians call for a bandh but
it affects the common man the most. They can sit at home but we dont have that luxury. Im glad we could do our bit for