Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra has announced to start ‘Oxygen on Wheels’ project in Maharashtra amid surge in COVID cases and oxygen shortage. According to the statement, the project will facilitate the transportation of oxygen in Maharashtra, as the state is facing an unprecedented demand for medical oxygen. 

“Today Oxygen is the key to reducing mortality. The problem is not of oxygen production but its transportation from producing plants to hospitals & homes” tweeted Mahindra. 

A direct-to-consumer model will be followed and an operations control centre has been established to facilitate the process. The storage locations will be restocked from the local refilling plant. 

"I made a commitment to CMO Maharashtra on Tuesday and in just 48 hours the Mahindra Logistics team launched the program in Pune and Chakan with 20 Boleros," he said. 

In the tweet thread, Mahindra also confirmed that 61 jumbo cylinders have been delivered to hospitals that were in dire need. 

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The Oxygen on Wheels will be implemented in Mumbai, Thane, Nashik and Nagpur. 

The chairman added that the project will expand across the country using his dealership network. 

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"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," he wrote on Twitter. 

The second wave of coronavirus is proving to be more fatal than the first one as the country battles the raging pandemic. In the last 24 hours, India has recorded 3,700 deaths, the highest single-day spike of over 4 lakh new positive cases.