Tata Sons have donated 20 Tata Winger Ambulances to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in Maharashtra. In addition to the ambulance, Tata Sons have also donated 100 ventilators and an additional Rs 10 crore to BMC. The ambulances were donated in presence of Shiv Sena chief and CM of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray. Even the Board Members of tata Son Mr N Chandra and Mayor of Mumbai – Kishori Pednekar were present at the spot.
These are the first of Winger Ambulances made on the all-new model that was launched earlier this year. Tata showcased the all-new Winger at the 2020 Auto Expo and launched the BS6 compliant vehicle earlier this year. The all-new Winger follows Tata’s latest design philosophy. It gets split headlamps and looks much more aggressive than any of the previous versions of the car.
The Winger Ambulances are retrofitted with features that make it a proper ambulance. The interior is completely different from the regular version. All the Tata Winger ambulances donated to the BMC meet with the latest AIS 125 Part 1 norms. They are available in four options – Patient Transport, Basic Life Support, Advanced Life Support and Shell.
All the ambulance are painted in the white, yellow and red colours with a high roof more cabin space. It comes powered by a 2.2-litre DICOR diesel engine that generates a maximum power of 98 PS and peak torque of 200 Nm. The ambulance gets McPherson struts with coil springs in front and parabolic leaf springs in the rear with hydraulic telescopic shock absorbers at the rear that ensures a smooth ride for the patients and paramedics who mostly travel in the rear of the van.
The COVID-19 has Maharashtra the worst. The state has reported a maximum number of cases in India and there are still about 87,000 active cases with 19,693 reported deaths. The new donations will ensure that BMC is well-equipped to control the situation and bring it under control. In the past, Tata Group has donated a lot for controlling the COVID-19 pandemic.
The exact specifications of the ambulances donated to BMC are not known yet. The ambulance will be deployed by BMC in different locations of the city to transport critically ill patients to the hospitals.