NHA okays setting up of emergency response centres at highways

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Islamabad—The Executive Board of the National Highway Authority (NHA) Thursday gave formal approval for setting up Emergency Response Centers (ERCs) along the national highways in Pakistan.
The decision came in a meeting held here at NHA head office with Chairman Shahid Ashraf Tarar in the chair. The chairman informed the meeting that initially these centers would be set up in the remote areas of Balochistan including Dhana Sar and Meena Bazar along N-50, Kalat, Sorab, Wadh and Kararo along N-25 and Nag and Hoshab along N-85, a press release issued here said.
He said these centers would operate 24 hours throughout the week and would be manned by trained para medical staff and equipped with necessary first aid facilities along with ambulances and cranes for rescue and relief operations.
He said the primary objective was to make traveling along national highways more safe and to ensure timely help to the injured in case of an accident.
While selecting the locations of ERCs, main emphasis would be their close proximity to cities and towns, he said.—APP