Mahindra Group's logistics division Mahindra Logistics has rolled out 'Oxygen on Wheels' initiative to bridge the gap between oxygen production and its transportation in India, especially in Maharashtra, amidst the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.
Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra posted a series of tweets about the initiative. As per one of Mahindra's tweets, "Today, Oxygen is the key to reducing mortality. The problem is not of oxygen production but is transportation from producing plants to hospitals and homes. We're attempting to bridge this gap with 'Oxygen on Wheels' a project implemented via Mahindra Logistics."
Under the initiative, Mahindra will utilise trucks to connect oxygen producers with hospitals and/or homes. In order to help more and more people, an operations control centre has also been established and a direct-to-consumer model is being conceived.
“Oxygen on Wheels” uses trucks in local shuttle routes to connect oxygen producers with hospitals/homes. An operations control Centre has been established. The storage location is replenished from the local refilling plant. A direct-to-consumer model is being conceived. (2/5) pic.twitter.com/WGdnMimlvk— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) May 1, 2021
The initiative has started in Maharashtra (Mumbai, Pune, Chakan, Thane, Nashik and Nagpur), but the group plans to expand it across the country. 61 jumbo cylinders have already been delivered to 13 hospitals that had pressed the SOS button.
The rollout plan includes Mumbai, Thane, Nashik, Nagpur going live with another 50-75 Bolero pickups on the road in the next 48 hours. (4/5) pic.twitter.com/vFLJErCqkr— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) May 1, 2021
We have started in Mahrashtra but will expand this through the country relying on the support of our trusted dealership network & the assistance of local administrations to succeed. (5/5) pic.twitter.com/yPHXcPGWXK— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) May 1, 2021
The private sector has stepped up its efforts to address the shortage of medical oxygen in the country amidst the surge in COVID-19 cases. Earlier today, Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) said it has become India's largest producer of medical-grade liquid oxygen from a single location.
RIL now produces more than 11 per cent of India's total production of medical-grade liquid oxygen at its Jamnagar facility in Gujarat and other plants. With this, the conglomerate is meeting the needs of nearly every 1 in 10 patients in India.