Government identifies 2,400 to overcome fatigue of oxygen tank truck drivers | India News
NEW DELHI: Wanted: Drivers with experience in tanker driving, who are physically fit, can drive for a long time, and can drive left-hand drive vehicles.
Eager to increase the supply of medical oxygen amid a devastating wave of Corona infections, the Center has launched an extensive search for drivers who fit this job description. A shadowy effort being monitored by the PMO has brought authorities to 2,400 drivers who can drive the cryogenic tankers deployed to transport oxygen to states in dire need of the life preserver.
Drivers and their vehicles hold the key to covering the vulnerability exposed by the virus. It has been an arduous task, with the Center devising strategies only to see them collide with obstacles that could not be anticipated and then quickly coming out with improvisations to keep the fleet moving. The Oxygen Express train was one of those innovations, and the government relied on it to meet the goal of bringing oxygen to under-supplied states in a situation where it didn’t have enough cryogenic tankers for the life-saving rush.
When the trains collided with the obstacle in the form of high suspension bridges, the authorities overcame the obstacle by introducing lower rakes used to move army columns.
The Army also helped meet the need for drivers who could drive the heavy left-hand drive vehicles followed by cars carrying “substitute” drivers, in case the person at the wheel has difficulty driving long distances with negligible breaks. .
But amid all the experimentation and improvisation, it was clear from the start that there was no way to escape the growing fleet of tanker trucks and the group of drivers who could drive them. Hence the journal.
The Union’s road transport secretary Giridhar Aramane, who heads an empowered group, told TOI that some of the identified drivers are licensed to drive vehicles carrying hazardous materials (HAZMAT) such as fuel, gas and acid. He added that those who do not have the necessary license will be trained during the next three weeks.
Currently, there are just over 1,750 oxygen tanks in the country, including recently imported ones.
Aramane said that due to the efforts of all stakeholders, the production of medical oxygen has increased significantly in the last month. For example, medical oxygen production was around 3,000 tons per day in September 2020 and dropped to just 1,300 tons in January. In the last three weeks, it has risen from 4,500 tonnes to almost 9,000 tonnes. “We are transporting the entire amount,” said the secretary.
UP data revealed that daily extraction of medical oxygen has increased from just 250 tons per day to almost 1,100 tons per day in the last three weeks.
Meanwhile, officials said Indian Railways has done a commendable job of operating Oxygen Express trains to deliver more than 4,700 tons of medical oxygen through Monday to Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Telangana Y Rajasthan. Railway board President Suneet Sharma said that they are operating these trains at the maximum speed allowed for the fastest delivery of oxygen.
“Besides speed, what is most important in the case of railways is predictability, as there is no possibility of trains being delayed and more so when railways are creating green corridors for them,” said a government official. .