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Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: Extending a helping hand to the states grappling with shortage of oxygen in hospitals, the Odisha government has sent more than 250 tonnes of medical oxygen to various cities in the last 24 hours.

Fifteen tankers containing more than 250 tonnes of medical oxygen from Rourkela, Jajpur and Angul district have been despatched to Visakhapatnam (AP), Hyderabad (Telangana), Indore (MP), Pune, Mumbai and Nagpur (Maharashtra), the Odisha police said.

Mentioning the arrangements made for the safe passage of oxygen carrying tankers, the State police in a statement said, “A dedicated corridor has been formed by Odisha Police for prompt and unhindered movement to ensure service to thousands of needy patients without any delay.”

Based on the directive of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, a Special Cell was formed under YK Jethwa, ADG (Law & Order) as the Nodal Officer for coordinated action for loading and transportation of medical oxygen by Odisha to States facing deficit.

District SPs/DCPs and Range DIGs/IGs/CP supervised the movement personally within their jurisdictions.

The State government has also planned to send two tankers of oxygen from Angul to Visakhapatnam, two tankers from Jajpur to Ghaziabad and Visakhapatnam on Friday.

“We are committed towards smooth and prompt movement of medical oxygen to needy states,” Odisha police added in its statement.

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