Hyderabad : In accordance with the directions of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, the state government on Friday has airlifted eight oxygen tankers to the liquid oxygen plants in Odisha.
This will not only save time but will also help in resolving the oxygen shortage problem in that state to a great extent. It is the first instance the oxygen tankers have been airlifted.
Minister for Health and Family Welfare Etela Rajender along with the Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar and other officials were present at the Begumpet Airport here to personally oversee the airlifting operations.
Two C17 aircrafts of the Indian Air Force (IAF) were deployed for the purpose commanded by Wing Commander Chaitanya and Wing Commander Nijhawan.
With the airlifting of tankers, the travel time is reduced by three days and would also go a long way in seeing that shortage of oxygen for COVID-19 patients at least would be overcome for a few days.
Special Chief Secretary Transport Road & Buildings department Sunil Sharma, Secretary Health and Family welfare Rizvi, Sarfraz Ahmed, Dr Preeti Meena and other officials have worked round the clock to make it happen, an official release said.