Not-for-profit deed to ease oxygen shortage in NCR
Allcargo Logistics and its group companies ECU Worldwide and Gati have stepped up to support various humanitarian efforts across India for medical supplies during this pandemic.
Over the last two weeks, responding to requests from the Delhi state government, Allcargo and its subsidiary ECU Worldwide set up an emergency response team to arrange charter aircraft, mobilise Customs at origin and destination to fly in 6,000 oxygen cylinders from China in 8 chartered flights to ease the oxygen supply situation in the NCR region.
The oxygen cylinders were transported in eight chartered flights from Shanghai, with Allcargo and ECU Worldwide responsible for arranging flights at origin in a period of high demand at short notice, landing rights permissions from the Chinese Civil Aviation Ministry in coordination with the Indian Embassy in Beijing, clearance at origin and destination and final delivery to site, entirely on a not-for-profit basis. The project was supported by Give India Foundation, a leading NGO, and Luxfer Uttam India, said a release.
Mr Vaishnav Shetty, Executive Director of ECU Worldwide, said:India is going through a massive humanitarian crisis and it is only natural that companies like us step up to help the government where we can. These 6,000 oxygen cylinders for Delhi will help ease the pressure, and I am proud we have been able to coordinate the logistics of a very complex task at such a short notice. Our partnership with the Maharashtra government too has been fruitful, and we have been called in to help multiple times to support transporting oxygen concentrators and masks from other countries.
Earlier, in April, Allcargo had flown in 500 oxygen concentrators from Singapore to Maharashtra on a not-for-profit basis after Maharashtra Health Minister Mr Rajesh Tope reached out to Allcargo Chairman Mr Shashi Kiran Shetty. To meet the rising demand in the state, Allcargo has also shipped two million masks from Singapore for the Maharashtra government. It will also be shipping another one million masks by air from the US, China and other countries, the release added.