Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today flagged off 25 new ‘108’ ambulances and ten ‘102’ vehicles for women and newborn children at the State Secretariat.
An official release said close to 855 ‘108’ ambulances were being operated and have helped 12.13 lakh pregnant women and 48.19 lakh people in the past six years. In an effort to boost the services, the Chief Minister launched the new ‘108’ ambulances at a cost of Rs 3.55 crore and ten ‘102’ vehicles at a cost of Rs 86.89 lakh.
He inspected the emergency and safety measures in the ambulances and the vehicles. All the 25 ambulances were fitted with GPS to make it easier to locate them,’ the release said.
The ‘102’ vehicle service was launched by former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in 2013 and had 61 vehicles across the State. The ten new ‘102’ vehicles would be deployed in Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur, Cuddalore, Tiruvannamalai, Ariyalur, Villuppuram, Krishnagiri, Perambalur and Dharmapuri districts for the benefit of pregnant women.