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Manoj Bajpai pitches for traffic-free Green Corridor to help transport organs quickly

Bindu D Menon Mumbai | Updated on January 20, 2018 Published on April 27, 2016

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Even as several State governments are considering creating a green corridor for speedy transportation of harvested organs, Bollywood actor Manoj Bajpai hopes that the upcoming film Traffic will help create not just awareness but also sensitise people on the subject.

In an interview with BusinessLine, Bajpai said, “The whole concept of transporting a harvested organ and difficulty that the administration encounters is the theme of the film. It is a tedious task for people who are involved also.” Bajpai, who essays the role of a constable in the film, decides to spearhead the situation where a heart has to be delivered to a patient in another location, amidst the heavy traffic in Mumbai.

The film, being made Rajesh Pillai, is a remake of his 2011 Malayalam film that revolves around a brain-dead man whose kin agree to donate his heart to a needy patient.

The harvested heart, however, has to be transported 150 km away in less than two hours during peak traffic hours.

Interestingly, in the last one year alone, the traffic police in Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Indore, Gurugram and Hyderabad have worked to create ‘Green Corridor’ whenever they have to facilitate transportation of a donor’s live heart for a transplant operation. Interestingly, the Maharashtra government is looking to formulate a policy on green corridors. The Green Corridor is a special travel route sans red lights. In cases where the recipient is in another city, the green corridor enables the ambulance to reach the airport, from where it is airlifted. According to available data, there is a huge demand for harvested organs, especially heart and liver. Additionally, airlines which typically transport organs, charge ₹70,000 to over a lakh making the whole exercise highly expensive.

Bajpayee said that he is also in the process of meeting people who have benefited from organ transplant. The film was supposed to be released last year.

Digital platforms

Meanwhile, asked about the future of digital and OTT platforms, Bajpai said it has a huge potential both in terms of reach and user base.

The actor, who has made maiden investment in over-the-top platform Muvizz, said, “we a see huge traffic from the digital platform in coming years. We are also creating content exclusively for the OTT platform”.

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Published on April 27, 2016
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