MoRTH: Oxygen Tankers To Get Mandatory Vehicle Tracking Devices

The Ministry of Land Transport and Highways (MoRTH) announced that all containers, tankers, and vehicles carrying oxygen must be equipped with vehicle location tracking (VLT) devices in accordance with the AIS 140 standard. The ministry announced in a tweet that these devices will ensure proper monitoring and protection of oxygen carriers, as well as ensuring there are no diversion or delays. The announcement comes at a time when there is a severe oxygen shortage in Indian hospitals in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lack of oxygen was the cause of a huge number of deaths across the country. The second wave of the pandemic hit the healthcare system most severely and resources remain scarce to support healthcare and frontline workers. Currently, India deals with more than 300,000 new cases every day, while there has been more than two crore covid in the country till now.

In the past two weeks alone, more than 50,000 infections were detected, indicating the impact of the second wave on the population. Meanwhile, the death toll from the Coronavirus rose to 222,408, with 3,449 new deaths, according to data published by the Union Health Ministry.

Moreover, man organizations have stepped forward to do their duty to help the country fight the pandemic situation. On April 29th, MapMyIndia, a pioneer in mapping solutions announced that it is providing free GPS tracking systems for oxygen transport vehicles and medical equipment across India,  in order to maintain fast, uninterrupted movement.

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