Two C-17 planes of the Indian Air Force (IAF) were used to airlift the tankers from Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad to liquid oxygen plants in Odisha.
Health Minister E. Rajender and Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar supervised the airlifting operation at the airport
The minister said, “the tankers will return by road to bring 150 tonnes of oxygen to the state by April 27. ” He claimed that this is the first instance in the country where war planes were used to airlift oxygen tankers.
Rajender said, “the airlifting of the tankers to Angul and Rourkela steel plants in Odisha will save three days in transportation.” He said that the Telangana government was ready to spend any amount of money to save people’s lives.