What happened: The Indian government has decided to take necessary action to battle the oxygen shortage in the country, and has arranged to airlift 23 oxygen generation plants from Germany. The Indian Defense Ministry has decided to take this step after India experienced a few days of patients dying from oxygen shortage.
Capability of plants: The Indian Defense Ministry has stated that each of these 23 plants has the capacity to produce 40 liters of oxygen per minute 24,000 liters per hour. These plants are expected to arrive in India by airlift in a week. An Indian Air Force official has stated that the IAF is currently on hold and is expected to complete these deliveries once the necessary paperwork has been completed.
India’s logistic efforts for COVID-19: The Indian Air Force is in full swing as sorties are being performed all over the country to airlift oxygen containers, cylinders, essential medicines, equipment and other supplies to various parts of the country.
A train titled the ‘oxygen express carried liquid oxygen from Maharashtra to Nagpur, and further trains are expected to supply oxygen to different parts of the country through rail.