Lifeline Foundation, a non government organization set up in Baroda, manages
the Highway Rescue Project (HRP) in Gujarat, Maharashtra, West Bengal and
Kerala. it ensures FREE 24 x 7 evacuation and transportation on 3000 kms of
National and State highways in these states.
Life line foundation was set up by Dr. Dr. Subroto Das in August 2002 after a
traumatic experience on the National Highway 8 in August 1999 when he and his
wife met with a road accident while travelling from Ahmedabad to Surat and
when they had to spend four hours in a rainy night waiting for help and watching
helplessly countless vehicles passing by and not stopping for help. The “unheard
and un-experimented” idea of Highway Rescue Project (HRP) was born and
crystallised during the time spent for the recovery. My wife always says...”we
were lucky to be alive, let us make sure others do not die on the highways.”
It would startle you to know that the number of people dying on Indian roads
every day is equivalent to a Jumbo Jet crashing daily in the Indian Ocean. The
enormity of the problem speaks for itself. 4,65,000 injured in 4,39,000 accidents
resulting in 94,000 deaths in 2005 according to Ministry of Road Transport, GoI.
In 2005 there were 10,259 deaths in Maharashtra, 5,642 in Gujarat, 4,727 in
West Bengal, 3,161 in Kerela and 4,727 deaths in Rajasthan. Most of the lives
could have been saved if timely medical aid was made available within the
golden hour. They died due to lack of transportation. HRP aims to correct this
Based on international documentation and studies conducted in India, Lifeline
believes that the following steps would reduce the death rate of trauma victims in
India by over 50%:
1. Initiation of treatment during the first critical “Golden Hour”.
2. Training of doctors, paramedics and citizens in Trauma Life Support.
3. Establishment of a unified system of Pre-Hospital care, transportation
of the victim by trained paramedics to the right place of medical
expertise, in the shortest time.
4. Awareness, education and participation of the community in this
5. A single unified emergency number and a central ambulance dispatch
Lifeline Foundation will work towards ensuring that no one should be allowed to die in
the cities or on the highways of India, due to lack of timely medical aid. It will be our
endeavour to develop and provide lifesaving medical aid and ensure that it is available to
all sections of the society and to sensitise the common man to intervene when they see
an accident or any medical emergency.
This will be achieved through a network of existent logistic providers, by mobilising
opinion and sensitising people to intervene when they see an accident or a medical
emergency to save lives; influence legislation to make important changes in the legal
and operational framework guiding on site management of accidents and medical
emergencies and treatment of such victims. Our objective is to integrate across the
country, the highly successful HRP with the city based EMS to provide for integrating
local resources for efficient transportation, communication through common number,
intimation to local hospitals and training of doctors and paramedical through public-