AP team sent to accident spot by helicopter

The Andhra Pradesh Government today sent an official team headed by Civil Supplies Minister Sridhar Babu to the bus accidentspot at Osmanabad district in Maharashtra to oversee relief operations at hospitals, post mortem and dispatching of dead bodiesto the city. Meanwhile, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy hold a high level meeting with top officials at Secretariat and reviewed the situation. Immediately on knowing of the accident, the Chief Minister spoke to his Maharashtra counterpart, Mr Prithviraj Chauhan, and also to the District Collectors concerned and other officials.

He ordered immediate relief operations and adequate medical assistance to the injured. The Chief Minister directed the officials to open help desk and a special team at the Osmania Hospital to assist the relatives to identify the dead bodies which were reaching from Osmanabad after post-mortem. The Chief Minister said there should be complete coordination among the officials in helping the kith and kin of the dead and also in providing adequate medical assistance to the injured. The Chief Minister said all expenses for the treatment of the injured would be borne by the Andhra Pradesh government. Mr Reddy asked the officials to see that enough number of ambulances were arranged at Osmanabad to bring the dead bodies. Any expenses in this regard would be met by the State Government, he added. The Chief Minister expressed his anguish at Transport Officials not getting details of the passengers of the ill-fated bus. He directed them to immediately get the details of the passengers of the bus from the transport operators and the travel agents. He also enquired about the bus and its licence and condition. Among those who attended the meeting were Chief Secretary Pankaj Dwivedi, Principal Secretary (Transport) Ms Lakshmi Prathasarathy and Principal Secretary (Health) Ratna Kishore.