AN AMBULANCE APART
Commercial Vehicle|December 2020
DC Design has stretched the boundary of imagination when it comes to ambulances in its recent project.
Bhushan Mhapralkar

With an estimated population of 1,385,123,108, it is tough to imagine the complexities that make the healthcare industry in India what it is. It is burgeoning and has a part of it, an estimated 30,000 ambulances. Such numbers are enough to spell out the shortage of ambulances and the steep rates they command. The Covid pandemic aggravating the situation, there is a clear need for more ambulances; better ambulances. It is in the wake of this call, that the country’s leading automotive design and customizing firm, DC Design, took to building ambulances that would stretch the boundary of imagination. It took to building some 16 such units at its Chinchwad facility on the Mercedes-Benz V-Class (Vito) platform for a big corporate entity. Exceeding the ambulance standards the government has put in place, the company, according to its founder, Dilip Chhabria, succeeded in marrying aesthetics with functionality. Stressing on how the Covid pandemic exposed the lack of well-equipped ambulances as the weakest link in the healthcare industry in India, he mentioned that there are scores of ultra-luxury hospitals for the HNIs, but very few fully equipped and ultra-competent vehicles to cater to the patient in his hour of need. Lapping up the opportunity when a big corporate inquired, DC Design put to use its hard-earned knowledge and resources for the project.

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