Union defence minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday reviewed the defence ministry’s effort to affect this pandemic situation within the country as IAF planes are crisscrossing the skies ferrying oxygen.
A C-17 aircraft of the Indian Air Force is going to be reaching the Panagarh airbase by Saturday evening carrying four containers of cryogenic oxygen tanks, each day after the minister of home affairs said it’s coordinating the lifting of high-capacity tankers from abroad at full throttle to cater to the rising demand of medical oxygen for Covid-19 treatment.
The C-17 aircraft got airborne at 2 am from the Hindan air station and reached the Changi International Airport in Singapore at around 7.45 am.
As the country is grappling with the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, aggravated by oxygen shortage, the Indian Air Force has come to the fore with its resources to airlift “medical personnel, critical equipment and medicines”. Union defence minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday reviewed the defence ministry’s effort to affect this pandemic situation within the country.
Apart from Singapore, the Centre is additionally watching lifting oxygen tankers from the UAE.
IAF aircraft are already ferrying oxygen within the country. Two empty cryogenic oxygen containers are being transported from Jodhpur to Jamnagar by IAF C-17 heavy-lift transports. Another C-17 from the Hindan airbase reached Pune at 10 am on Saturday. it’ll reach the Jamnagar airbase around noon with two empty container trucks for LOX. On Friday, an IAF C-17 transport plane carried an empty oxygen tanker from Indore to Jamnagar.
In another step towards scaling up oxygen supply, high capacity tankers are being airlifted from abroad by Indian Air Force aircraft for smooth movement of O2.
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The Centre has decided to import 50,000 metric tonnes of medical oxygen and therefore the ministry of external affairs was asked to explore possible routes for import through its missions abroad. the govt is additionally getting to airlift 23 mobile oxygen generation plants from Germany.
In its slew of measures taken within a previous couple of days to deal with the oxygen shortage within the country, the Union home ministry on April 22 directed all states and UTs to treat oxygen vehicles like ambulances and make provision for green corridors to make sure uninterrupted transport of medical oxygen everywhere.