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Chennai, June 7

The Chennai-based Swajas Air Careers has set up a medical evacuation company and air ambulance service called Galaxy Rescue 999.

Dr G. Sairamanan, one of the promoters of the company, said the total investment into the company was over Rs 2 crore. He said he would fund the project with Rs 75 lakh, which would go towards staff (five paramedics) and medical instruments. There will be 15 doctors on call with ICU (intensive care unit) training on the panel.

The other promoter of the company, Mr D. Jaykumar, will be investing Rs 1.5 crore which would go towards aircraft charter. The company has hired one Bell 212 helicopter and a Cessna Citation aircraft for the medical evacuations. One more Bell helicopter and a second Cessna is likely to join the fleet soon, Dr Sairamanan said. The aircraft will be stationed in Pondicherry, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

The aircraft in Pondicherry will cater to the four southern States, the Mumbai station will cater to the western region while Hyderabad will take care of the Krishna-Godavari basin, Paradeep, Visakhapatnam and Kakinada ports. The cost would be Rs 50,000 per hour (flying time). Each operation would average about two hours.Dr Sairamanan said the medical evacuations would be from the high seas, hinterland and from accident sites to fully equipped hospitals. Another area where charters would come handy is for organ transport (for transplant) and repatriation of ailing foreign nationals.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated June 8, 2006)
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