The havoc caused by the second wave of the coronavirus crisis and the shortage of oxygen has become a huge challenge for hospitals, states, and patients. Doing its bit in helping the nation during these times, Mahindra Logistics has announced its ‘Oxygen on Wheels’ project.
Under this initiative, Mahindra Logistics’ trucks will connect oxygen producers with hospitals/homes. The company will create an ‘Operations Control Centre’ that will monitor and establish a direct-to-consumer model.
The project was announced in just 48 hours after a conversation between Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group, and Uddhav Thackeray, chief minister of Maharashtra.
Taking the announcement of Oxygen on Wheels to his Twitter handle, Mahindra Group Chairman, Anand Mahindra tweeted:
Today, Oxygen is the key to reducing mortality. The problem is not of oxygen production but its transportation from producing plants to hospitals & homes. We’re attempting to bridge this gap with “Oxygen on Wheels” a project implemented via Mahindra Logistics (1/5) pic.twitter.com/Cj0CkrfYRo— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) May 1, 2021
In another tweet he wrote, “I made a commitment to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra on Tuesday (April 27) and in just 48 hours the Mahindra Logistics team launched the program in Pune and Chakan with 20 Boleros. 61 jumbo cylinders have already been delivered to 13 hospitals in urgent need. I’m deeply grateful to the team.”
The company plans to roll out the initiative in Mumbai, Thane, Nashik, Nagpur with another 50-75 Bolero pickups on the road in the next 48 hours.
“We have started in Maharashtra but will expand this through the country relying on the support of our trusted dealership network and the assistance of local administrations to succeed,” another tweet read.
Apart from this, Mahindra Group of Companies is also thinking of converting its offices into COVID care facilities.
Speaking on the same of April 26th, Vivek Agarwal, President – BFSI, HLS, and Corporate Development, Tech Mahindra informed, “Right now for the Covid care setup, we are thinking about 45-50 beds in our office premises, starting with Noida. We have tied up with large hospitals that will bring in the expertise and we will provide space and physical infrastructure. We intend to roll out at other large locations across the country to provide care to employees, families, and larger societies.”
The group company, headquartered in Mumbai, is also engaged in other initiatives to combat the pandemic. It assembling face shields /masks, deploying its tractors for sanitization, manufacturing the coronavirus-combating aerosol box, and offering free cab services for emergency services among others.