A green corridor is a smooth and obstruction-free passage provided to the ambulance by appropriate traffic management authorities.
A 51-year-old woman’s life was saved in Madurai thanks to a quick team of transplant doctors and Tamilnadu traffic police officials who worked together to get her a liver transplant on time. Around 6 am, a liver had been harvested from a patient declared brain dead in Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry and through a well equipped ambulance and a team of doctors, it was flown and needed to be transported to the South of Tamilnadu, Apollo Speciality Hospitals, Madurai immediately so that the transplant surgery could take place without the loss of valuable time.
The area is usually heavily congested with traffic. On an average, it takes at least 6 hours to 8 hours to go from Pondicherry to Madurai without traffic. Thanks to the green corridor, the ambulance carrying the liver reached the hospital in a record 3 1/2 hours.
The police officers from Vizhupuram, Trichy and Madurai traffic circles and control room coordinated with the Transport Coordinator of the hospital to decide the logistics. While the traffic official (head of a traffic circle) rode in a Jeep as pilot for the ambulance, senior officers monitored the real-time progress of the team on wireless sets. Cops were posted in every intersection along the route to ensure that the ambulance did not have to stop at any point. All traffic lights along the way were turned green for the ambulance, and cross-traffic along the route stopped as the ambulance passed through. Throughout the highway, the loudspeakers and sirens are used to inform other vehicles on the road so that they remained aside while the ambulance passed through.