It was a nice shock for Shiv Mohan and Bhagwan, two oxygen tanker drivers, when a automobile driver saluted them on a street in Uttar Pradesh on Could 9. Whereas Shiv Mohan was driving the tanker, Bhagwan was sitting alongside him. They’ve been taking turns to maintain the wheels operating continuous to hold the important thing medical assist to hospitals.
NEW DELHI: It was a nice shock for Shiv Mohan and Bhagwan, two oxygen tanker drivers, when a automobile driver saluted them on a street in Uttar Pradesh on Could 9. Whereas Shiv Mohan was driving the tanker, Bhagwan was sitting alongside him. They’ve been taking turns to maintain the wheels operating continuous to hold the important thing medical assist to hospitals.
33-year-old Shiv has been driving fuel tankers for the previous 5 years. “I had by no means seen such a response from individuals, together with policemen and officers. Individuals are appreciating our work; two-wheelers and automobile occupants are stopping to salute us. You’re feeling proud in these making an attempt occasions. The variety of hours behind wheels has elevated in current weeks due to the large demand of medical oxygen,” he instructed TOI from Bokaro in Jharkhand.
The 2 from Amethi in UP, who’re working with Delhi-based Chaudhary Transport Firm, had been ready at an oxygen era plant in Bokaro to fill the tank after which they’d drive all the way down to Bhopal.
They mentioned the car carrying oxygen tankers aren’t being stopped even at inter-state test posts, and authorities businesses and individuals are providing them water bottles and meals at state borders. “We’re getting every thing after we want. We additionally really feel that we’re contributing one thing to nation’s combat in opposition to Covid,” they mentioned.
The 2 mentioned as there may be much less site visitors on the roads they’re able to cowl 600 km per day and in city areas, the police are serving to such automobiles to get precedence clearance. “Drivers of all different automobiles give us method on all roads,” Shiv mentioned.
Practically 90% of the medical oxygen is being carried by tankers and different automobiles, whereas barely 10% is being transported in Oxygen Specific trains. In the meantime, the federal government has arrange a sub-group to take care of the problems of oxygen tankers and drivers. It has suggested transporters to deploy 4 drivers with each tanker to make sure their continuous motion. There are additionally discussions whether or not authorities may give some incentive to oxygen tanker drivers, sources mentioned.
Whereas drivers of oxygen tankers and different important objects reminiscent of medicines and grocery objects are taking part in a key function throughout these vital occasions, little has to this point been achieved for drivers of heavy industrial automobiles, who typically face harassment from enforcement businesses and work in hostile circumstances.