Heavy duty transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) C-17 Globemaster airlifted cryo-containers from Bangkok on Thursday as part of a coordinated operation of the home ministry to tackle the oxygen scarcity in hospitals across the country during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said.
Cryogenic containers are used to transport liquid oxygen. The country is trying to procure as many cryo-containers as possible from across the globe to reduce bottlenecks in the transportation of oxygen to the states.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is coordinating the procurement and transportation of cryogenic and other types of cylinders from various countries using the IAF transport aircraft to meet the demand.
“An IAF C17 Globemaster arrived in Bangkok today to lift cryo-containers. Continuous IAF sorties are being co-ordinated by MHA to improve transportation of oxygen across the country during the 2nd Covid-19 wave,” it said in a tweet.
The oxygen situation in the national capital is likely to improve after the Centre supplied 730 metric tonnes of the life-saving gas to Delhi.