New Delhi: Four cryogenic oxygen containers on Saturday arrived in India at Panagarh airbase in West Bengal from Singapore. The containers were airlifted in an IAF C-17 aircraft from Changi Airport in Singapore earlier this morning. The plane had reached the Changi International Airport in Singapore at around 7.45 AM. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Saturday informed that it has engaged the Indian Air Force (IAF) to coordinate the lifting of high capacity tankers by IAF aircraft for the movement of Oxygen.Also Read - Wheat Prices Hit Record High in Global Markets After India Bans Export

The MHA posted a tweet on its Twitter handle which says, “MHA is coordinating lifting of high capacity tankers from abroad by IAF aircraft for movement of O2, reqd due to current surge in COVID-19 cases in the country. Here Liquid O2 containers can be seen being loaded at Changi Airport, Singapore, today.” Also Read - Thomas Cup Final 2022 Highlights: India Clinch Their First-Ever Thomas Cup, Win 3-0 Against Indonesia

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar also took to Twitter and wrote, “In another step towards scaling up oxygen supply, high capacity tankers are being airlifted from abroad by Indian Air Force aircraft for smooth movement of O2. One C-17 of IAF with liquid O2 containers loaded at Changi airport, Singapore today.” Also Read - Top 7 Most Beautiful Train Routes In India

Defence minister Rajnath Singh had earlier reviewed the ministry’s effort to deal with the present situation. Apart from Singapore, Centre is also looking at lifting oxygen tankers from the UAE.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh had earlier reviewed the ministry’s effort to deal with the present situation.

Amid the unprecedented spike in the cases, Dozens of COVID patients have died due to the shortage of medical oxygen. On Friday, Jaipur Golden Hospital in Delhi reported death of 25 people due to a shortage of medical oxygen.

Home ministry has also directed all states and UTs to treat oxygen vehicles like ambulances and make provision for green corridors to ensure uninterrupted transportation.