Kolkata: The State Animal Resources Development Department will launch an app-based ambulance service soon.
The ambulances would be fitted with an operation theatre for dogs and other pets, and street dogs too. The State Animal Welfare Board is the nodal agency for carrying out the project.
This is for the first time that an ambulance would be introduced for pets in the city. According to the initial plans, an 11-seater ambulance would be operated on the basis of a mobile application.
Apart from an operation theatre, there will be doctors and nurses in the ambulance. There will also be adequate arrangement of oxygen and blood inside the ambulance.
The air-conditioned ambulance will be stationed at the CSPCA Animal Hospital on B B Ganguly Street round-the-clock. The superintendent of CSPCA said that the ambulance service would initially be available till 10 pm. The full-fledged operation would start within a few months from its inception. People can also contact the CSPCA if they require the ambulance.
The civic authorities and various NGOs working for the welfare of the animals can also book the ambulance if required. A campaign would be carried out jointly by the Animal Resources Department and Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) to make people aware about the initiative. The ambulance facility will be available within KMC limits.