The Indian Air Force on Saturday introduced 4 cryogenic tanks, for use for transporting oxygen, from Singapore because the nation scrambles to satisfy the spike in demand for medical oxygen amid a surge in COVID-19 infections.
The containers had been airlifted from Singapore by C17 heavy-lift plane of the IAF.
The plane “with 4 cryogenic containers for storage of liquid O2 from Singapore landed at Panagarh air base” in West Bengal at round 4.30 pm, a house ministry spokesperson tweeted.
The C-17 plane of the IAF took off from the Hindon airbase on the outskirts of Delhi for Singapore’s Changi airport early on Saturday morning.
India is fighting the second wave of the coronavirus an infection and hospitals in a number of states are reeling beneath a scarcity of medical oxygen and beds in view of a rising variety of COVID-19 circumstances.
Since Friday, the IAF has been airlifting empty oxygen tankers and containers to numerous filling stations throughout the nation to hurry up the distribution of the much-needed medical oxygen in treating COVID-19 sufferers.
The IAF was additionally transporting important medicines in addition to tools required by the designated COVID-19 hospitals in varied elements of the nation.
“The Indian Air Force is taking sorties to cut back the transportation time of Oxygen and different crucial provides. One C-17 has reached Changi airport in Singapore right this moment. These containers of cryogenic oxygen tanks will assist boosting the oxygen provide within the nation,” Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s workplace tweeted earlier.
On Friday, the Union Home Ministry stated it was in talks for the import of high-capacity oxygen-carrying tankers from Singapore and the UAE.
The transfer got here after Union Home Minister Amit Shah reviewed the coronavirus state of affairs within the nation.