Odisha on April 25 sent as many as 49 tankers and containers carrying 869 MT medical oxygen to various states hit by oxygen crisis due to the spiralling COVID-19 cases.

The containers were escorted from the state by the police, officials said.

These oxygen tankers and containers were mostly dispatched from Rourkela, Jajpur, Dhenkanal and Angul, by the police.

The Odisha Police already set up a dedicated corridor with round-the-clock monitoring for transportation of the oxygen tankers to various states in dire need of oxygen for COVID-19 patients.

A special cell has been formed under ADG (law and order) YK Jethwa, as the nodal officer for coordinated action for loading and transportation of medical oxygen to states facing deficit.

“Odisha Police is committed to ensure that there is no delay in loading and transporting so as to promptly serve thousands of patients in UP, Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and other needy states,” a statement said.

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