Kolkata Police launch vehicle-on-call for Senior Citizens, Challenged Persons in Salt Lake

Police in Salt Lake, a Kolkata satellite town, launched a round-the-clock vehicle-on-call service on Saturday to support senior citizens and disabled individuals in the midst of the ongoing 21-day nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

by Niranjani Jesentha Kumari Prabagararaj

Updated: Apr 11, 2020 11:04 IST

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"On Saturday at least five vehicles will run in Bidhannagar (Salt Lake) round the clock from 11.30 am. These vehicles were called 'Sahayak Jan' because they will be helping senior citizens, challenged people and anyone in distress within Bidhannagar, "a senior Bidhannagar Police officer said.

By calling the control room number (+ 916291606161) you can book a vehicle at no cost. The Vehicles allowed by the global positioning system provide a pick-and-drop service to a commuter. 

"The vehicles would mostly take care of those who need to buy groceries, medicine, and other important commodities," said the official.

Also, the Bengal government is exploring the possibility of launching a cab service in Kolkata in the middle of the lockdown to help alleviate the commuting woes of people to buy essential commodities.

Certain cabs may be located at specific city locations. The vehicles, which will only be allowed to ferry three people at a time, can be used to deliver food and medicines, "said Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

The 'Pranam' initiative of the Kolkata Police also assists senior citizens during emergencies. Non-resident Indians from Kolkata can leave a message or call the Kolkata Police, and their concerns will be answered soon.

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