I have often wondered why there was no alternative available to allow for the mass of people crossing the roads in Bambalapitiya, Kollupitiya and Fort, mostly while sitting exasperated behind the wheel of my car, behind many other drivers in a hurry to get to work. So I was honestly quite thrilled to hear about the proposed overhead pedestrian bridges that are to be included in the urban development plan for Colombo. This also put me in mind of another area that the authorities should pay attention to – the Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) of the National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL).
As you can see from the map below (please zoom in for clarity), the CCU is separated from the main hospital complex by the junction created by the intersection of E W Perera Mawatha and Kynsey Road.
I happen to travel along Kynsey Road on a daily basis and have noticed that often patients are wheeled along on trolleys over from the CCU to the main complex. Being the only person in the car at the time, I’ve not been able to capture any photos of this practice, until recently when a minor repair resulted in the opportunity to travel to work in the passenger seat.
As you can see from the photos below, patients are being carted off from the CCU (which I think is where you’re put if you have some serious heart conditions) to the main complex (where I think the surgery wards are located) during morning traffic, under no cover. Looks a pretty lousy deal to me.
The patients are carted over by attendants, with their families in tow:
On this particular day it was two trolleys/mobile beds in use and there were two families(I assume) following the patients.
Now I’m no medical expert, but this seems a rather horrible risk to be exposed to, especially if you’re having some sort of heart condition. So while we’re looking at the possibility of overhead pedestrian bridges for the main junctions, perhaps this area could also get some attention?
An overhead crossing of the sort you find in Singapore or Hong Kong, with escalators and elevators would no doubt provide some relief.