Rajasthan: Flying squads to escort oxygen tankers

Jaipur: The state transport department will provide flying squads to escort the oxygen which is being supplied in tankers from Bhiwadi to parts of Rajasthan and other parts of the country to prevent any kind of illegal activities as well as to ensure that it reaches its designated locations. Apart from this, the department will also provide safe passage to oxygen tankers not only for Rajasthan, but those passing through the state as well. Rajasthan transport commissioner Mahendra Soni told TOI, “We are taking various measures to ensure that oxygen tankers are not delayed at our checkpoints for documentation or other such formalities. Flying squads will accompany the tankers from Bhiwadi to ensure that there is no mischief enroute to the destinations.” The department has also acquired couple of nitrogen tankers which will be converted for transporting oxygen. The commissioner added, “Special permit is required for carrying oxygen in nitrogen tankers and we have found 2-3 such tankers. Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) gives the permit.”To ensure uninterrupted supply of oxygen as the demand is on the rise due to increasing number of Covid cases in the country, the department will also get in touch with two major companies which are transporting natural gas to get more tankers for transportation of oxygen. The commissioner had a discussion about these measures with the DTO and RTO through video conferencing on Monday. In the department office also, only the required staff is being asked to come so that all work continues without any break.

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