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It's a smooth ride for patients arriving at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) until they reach the hospital?s western entrance.

Patients travelling through the road connecting the western gate to the emergency ward at RIMS complain of traffic congestion. The gate in question not only serves as an autorickshaw stand, but is also a lucrative point for numerous vendors.

The entry point is always blocked because of the vendors, rickshawallahs and auto-wallas. They cause a lot of inconvenience, especially for patients coming to the emergency ward, said Santosh Kumar, a resident of the Doctors Colony. These entrances should remain clear, so ambulances have the right of way, he added.

According to Kumar, hospitals are generally built on the outskirts of a town to enable smooth passage for patients. But this does not seem to be happening at RIMS. The idea is to make sure the patient reaches the hospital as quickly as possible, but in the case of RIMS, the patient is held up at the entrance of the hospital, he said.

The woes of the patients are about to get worse, with residents erecting a pandal, for Durga Puja celebrations, on one side of the road. This has blocked the flow of traffic on the corresponding side of the road. Efforts by RIMS to stop organisers from putting up the pandal have failed .

RIMS director Pooja Singhal said she had asked the Bariatu police station officer in-charge to find out who had erected the pandal. We will also depute security personnel to keep a check on autowallahs who park at the hospital's entrance and penalise them, she added.

Tauheed, an autorickshaw driver on the Booty Road-Kutchery Chowk, acknowledged that an auto stand at the hospital?s entrance is inconvenient for patients. He, however, claimed that there was no other option to pick up passengers from RIMS. And as all his fellow drivers do the same he has to follow suit, too. We have to remain competitive in this business, he added.

Residents claim that constables deployed in the area did not pay heed to the menace, but encourage autodrivers by charging money from them.

The police deny this allegation. We do our best to keep this point clear, but some manage to park their vehicles here, said a constable. The Bariatu police station officer-in-charge could not be contacted for comment.

Kumar suggested the open space in front of the eastern gate be made into an auto park. There is a huge open space in front of the eastern gate, which can be utilised, he pointed out.

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