“How can I charge for something like that,” remarked Pyare Khan, who spent nearly cro 1 crore to arrange oxygen tanks to Nagpur, following a call from Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and local government. On Sunday alone, over 205 tons of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) were received, which will be used to treat patients in the Nagpur and Vidharbha regions.
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Khan, whose service was tweeted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Anand Mahindra, Congressman Digvijay Singh, actor Paresh Rawal, said they had to organize a total of 19 tankers to move the cargo to Nagpur. “Oxygen is relocated to Nagpur from five locations in three states – Bellary (Karnataka); Bhillai and Raipur (Chhattisgarh); Angul and Rourkela (Odisha). By arranging two drivers for each tanker, we were able to reduce transportation time. Initially, I paid Bellary more than three times the actual fee for arranging the two tankers. Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari arranged for five cisterns from Visakhapatnam that needed to be repaired. I fixed them. Then we sent drivers by car to those places; and moved oxygen to Nagpur, which was used to save people’s lives, ”Khan said BusinessLine. He also donated over 100 oxygen concentrators to Nagpur Medical College.
‘One of many’
As many as 19 tankers were deployed – eight from Visakhapatnam, six from Odisha, one from Bellary and four that were already there in Nagpur. Ashmi Road Carriers, Pyare Khan’s steel transportation company, has taken responsibility for moving the tanks, free of charge for these services. Khan said the local government has also started funding transportation.
Khan is one of many benefactors who give their effort to lend a helping hand to Covid-hit. Jindal Steel and Power Limited also did not charge for the oxygen transported to Delhi by the first Oxygen Express, a train unloaded by railway officials in Delhi Canton in the middle of the night, according to company sources.
Meanwhile, as on Tuesday afternoon, Indian Railways successfully ran 49 oxygen trains, 31 of which transported loaded tanks.
With the roles of Kamala Naranga