GUWAHATI, Sept 3 - For the first time, vehicular traffic was brought to a standstill for nearly half an hour in one of the busiest stretches in the city to make way for the free movement of an ambulance carrying an ailing five-month-old infant to the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport from where the baby boy was airlifted to New Delhi for advanced treatment.
Green Corridor was set up for the first time in the city along the nearly 36 kilometres stretch from the Pratiksha Hospital located at VIP Road (Borbari), where the infant was admitted, to the airport via National Highway 37.
Snigdaraag Bhuyan, who was critically ill, was flown to New Delhi in an air ambulance for his treatment at the Sir Gangaram Hospital.
The ambulance left the Pratiksha Hospital around 10.30 am and after traversing a distance of over 36 kilometres in about 23 minutes, it reached the airport. The air ambulance took off at around 11.50 am.
The ailing child who hails from Biswanath Chariali was accompanied by his parents in the air ambulance.
Guwahati Police Commissioner Hiren Nath said there was a request for facilitating green corridor and accordingly "we did so as it was a genuine case of urgency and the child needed advanced treatment".
Nath, acknowledging the support of the people in general for the cause, said Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal himself was following the development.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Amanjeet Kaur, who supervised the entire movement, said, "The ambulance after leaving the hospital took around 23 minutes to reach the airport."
The entire route was freed of any other vehicular movement as per the norm of green corridor and the vehicles moving on the other side of the road too were stopped to avoid any kind of noise pollution during the time when the ambulance made its way.
Earlier this year in March, when an eight-day-old baby from Dibrugarh was also taken to Delhi for emergency treatment, a similar green corridor was created in the national capital at Prime Minister Narendra Modi�s intervention.