Friday, May 14, 2021

Bhubaneswar Airport facilitates Oxygen supply to other states

Bhubaneswar: Though fewer passenger flights may be taking off and landing at the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) owing to Covid, it rose to the occasion and helped the country by ensuring the uninterrupted supply of medical essentials to ward off Covid-19. It is also set to receive 5,020 oxygen cylinders (3,500 canisters of 10-litre capacity and 1,520 canisters of 46.7-litre cylinders) within a week from foreign countries.

To overcome the oxygen crisis ailing the country, a total of 156 empty oxygen tankers, 526 oxygen concentrators and 140 oxygen cylinders were transported to Bhubaneswar. These were brought by 75 Indian Air Force aircraft such as the C17, C130J, AN32 between April 23 and May 11. About 41 more oxygen concentrators were also sent to the city through various airlines. Empty oxygen tankers were unloaded at the airport to cut the travel time. These tankers were filled with liquid medical oxygen (LMO) from the plants of industries operating in Odisha and dispatched to their respective destinations.

“The Airport Authority of India’s Bhubaneswar airport and its stakeholders have been playing an active role by facilitating the seamless transportation of medical equipment and materials 24x7,” an official statement said. “The transportation of 3,500 10-litre seamless cylinders and 1,520 46.7-L seamless cylinders is in the pipeline. The consignment is expected within a week from foreign countries,” the statement said.

14/05/21 Hemanta Pradhan/Times of India

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