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BHUBANESWAR: Extending a serving to hand to the worst-hit states dealing with an acute scarcity of oxygen, Odisha Authorities has ensured easy transportation of 1,268 metric tonne (MT) of liquid medical oxygen by offering a devoted hall to a minimum of 67 tankers/containers within the final 4 days.
The State Authorities had shaped a particular cell and appointed ADG (Regulation and Order) YK Jethwa as its nodal officer on April 22 to make sure speedy loading and transportation of oxygen from totally different crops of Odisha to varied states.
“Medical oxygen is being loaded at totally different crops in Rourkela, Jajpur, Angul and Dhenkanal. Ranging from loading of the oxygen, despatch and transportation, every part is being carried out immediately beneath the supervision of the particular cell,” mentioned Jethwa.
When the particular cell receives info that the tankers are arriving, its nodal officer, IGs, DIGs, district SPs and the native police station personnel monitor loading of oxygen on the provide factors.
Whereas earlier it used to take over 4 hours on a median to fill a tanker, the loading is now being accomplished in a single hour beneath the supervision of Odisha Police.
“A devoted hall has been arrange and a minimum of one police van with an officer and two armed personnel are escorting each tanker or extra if they’re travelling collectively to a specific vacation spot. The escort is being offered around the clock to make sure unhindered motion of those automobiles at congested areas and visitors junctions together with speedy clearances on the toll gates as per the process,” mentioned Jethwa. Every tanker escorted to date has carried about 10 MT to twenty MT oxygen.
Medical oxygen is being provided from industries like Linde India Restricted, Rourkela Metal Plant (RSP), Tata, Jindal Metal and Energy Restricted (JSPL), amongst others.
Odisha has to date provided oxygen to Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and different needy states. On the day, three oxygen tankers from Rourkela left for Haryana and two for Uttar Pradesh.
Whereas the tankers take an extended time to achieve inter-state borders however with the assistance of Odisha Police, they’re crossing the State in a really quick span of time.
The Particular Cell officers additionally coordinate with the respective State authorities to whom the oxygen is being provided and as soon as the tankers cross Odisha, the respective state governments make sure the speedy motion of the automobiles.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had earlier promised assist to the Centre in combating the pandemic by ramping up oxygen manufacturing to help the needy states.
SUPPLY IN LAST FOUR DAYS
Chhattisgarh – 30.67 MT
Uttar Pradesh – 66.39 MT
Haryana – 187.512 MT
Madhya Pradesh – 131.23 MT
Maharashtra – 102.06 MT
Telangana – 291.769 MT