COVID 19: Air India, Alliance Air ferrying medical supplies pan-India
Air India and Alliance Air flights have been carrying out necessary medical supply operations across the country, helping states in fighting COVID 19
March 30, 2020
New Delhi: Air India
and Alliance Air flights, under the directions of the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA
), have been carrying out necessary medical supply operations across the country, aiding states in their efforts to curb, prevent and treat COVID 19 cases. The ministry is coordinating with state governments for the supply of medical equipment and related essential items needed for protection against and testing of COVID 19.
Based on the requirements received from various states on an urgent basis, senior officials of the ministry are coordinating with supply agencies for providing required material that can be further transported to the desired destinations.
Helping India fight COVID 19
Agencies authorised by MoCA to carry shipment on these flights contact the concerned officials of their region and coordinate for timely delivery/ receipt of shipments. In order to cater to the eastern and northeastern parts of the country, an Alliance Air flight from Delhi to Kolkata carried shipments for Kolkata, Guwahati, Dibrugarh, and Agartala on March 29. In the northern region, an IAF (Indian Air Force) flight from Delhi to Chandigarh to Leh carried ICMR VTM kits and other essential cargo.
Alliance Air transferred the Pune shipment to Mumbai on an Air India flight. Flights on Mumbai -Delhi-Hyderabad-Chennai-Mumbai and Hyderabad-Coimbatore route carried and transported ICMR kits of Shimla, Rishikesh, Lucknow and Imphal from Pune to Delhi. ICMR kits were carried to Chennai. A consignment of Hyderabad was delivered. Consignments of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Puducherry were also delivered. A consignment of the Ministry of Textiles was moved to Coimbatore. Information-sharing, answering of queries and the work on the ground is going on round-the-clock for delivering supplies to the destinations in a timely manner so that efforts to fight COVID 19 are sustained and supplemented.