06 March 2019
Kendrapara: A boat ambulance to ferry patients from remote areas in Mahakalapada block of Kendrapara district was inaugurated by local MLA Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak at Barakoli Khola waterfront in Batighara panchayat on Tuesday.
As a part of the 108 ambulance service, the boat ambulance will benefit around 12,000 residents of the area, where the 108 and 102 ambulance has failed to reach due to lack of road connectivity.
The boat ambulance service had been launched by the Odisha Government last month at a cost of Rs 5.4 crore. While two boat ambulances have been sanctioned for Kendrapara, two sanctioned for Malkangiri and one each for Koraput and Kalahandi.
The service includes six boat ambulances and 60 jetties with the walkway. The estimated operational cost for the six ambulances is Rs 90 lakh per annum. The second boat ambulance for Kendrapara district will be deployed at Jamboo.
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