Telangana Government Airlifts Oxygen Tankers from Odisha
As per the directives from Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, the Telangana government has airlifted eight oxygen tankers from liquid oxygen plants located in Odisha. This will not only save time but also help in resolving the oxygen shortage in Telangana.
Two C17 aircraft of the Indian Air Force were deployed for the task commanded by Wing Commander Chaitanya and Wing Commander Nijhawan. Earlier today, sharing photos of similar operations, the IAF tweeted “C-17 and IL-76 aircraft airlifted cryogenic oxygen containers from Air Force Station Hindan to Panagarh for recharging, in support of the fight against Covid-19. Similar airlift tasks are underway across the country.”
After the empty tanks arrive in Odisha, the plants at Angul and Rourkela, will fill the tankers with liquid oxygen and send them back. The tankers will return by road and Telangana will get 150 metric tonnes of liquid oxygen by April 27.
Notably, it would have taken a minimum of three days to transport empty oxygen tankers from Hyderabad to Odisha by road. A statement issued by the Telangana government said, “With the airlifting of tankers, the travel time is reduced by three days and would also go a long way in seeing that the shortage of oxygen for Covid 19 patients is at least overcome for a few days”. The liquid oxygen tanks, procured from Odisha, will be used in 22 government hospitals in Telangana.
In a similar feat yesterday, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik had assured PM Modi that the State government would extend all cooperation at the national level including ramping up oxygen production to assist other states in this emergency. Odisha had further aided Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal with oxygen tanks for use in Delhi Hospitals.