New Delhi (NVI) India has imported 20 cryogenic tankers of 10 MT and 20 MT capacity and allocated them to five states, to address shortage of oxygen tankers in the country, the Ministry of Health said in a statement today.
Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi and Gujarat have been allocated these tankers, according to a statement by Ministry of Health.
The cryogenic tankers have been imported through Panagarh port in West Bengal, Jamnagar port and Mundra port in Gujarat.
“The mapping of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) from the manufacturing plant to different States being a dynamic process and transportation of medical oxygen through cryogenic tankers becoming a bottleneck in making available LMO from the eastern part of the country to other parts, twenty cryogenic ISO containers of capacity 20 MT and 10 MT have been imported to augment the transportation of Oxygen,” the Health Ministry said in a statement today.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) in consultation with Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) under the overall guidance of the Empowered Group-II (EG-II) have mapped the allocation of these containers to suppliers of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi and Gujarat, the Ministry said.
Yesterday, a C17 aircraft of Indian Air Force airlifted 6 empty cryogenic oxygen containers from Dubai and landed at 7.15 pm at Panagarh in West Bengal on same day. Another C17 aircraft of IAF airlifted 4 empty containers from Bangkok and landed at Panagarh early this morning for COVID19 relief operations.
Within India, IAF airlifted 1 cryogenic oxygen container from Baroda to Ranchi, 2 containers from Pune to Jamnagar, 2 containers from Bhopal to Jamnagar, 3 containers from Jaipur to Jamnagar, 3 from Indore and Bhopal to Jamnagar and 1 cryogenic oxygen container from Hindon to Panagarh yesterday.