Hyderabad-based startup helping Centre execute oxygen plan

A Hyderabad-based startup is helping the central government in coordinating and tracking distribution of liquid oxygen from production plants to states and union territories. Cargo

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Pvt Ltd has developed an oxygen digital tracking system (ODTS) in less than 48 hours of the government roping it in. The application currently connects 75 oxygen production plants across the country and helps the ministry monitor the output, demand and transportation of the gas.

According to home ministry officials, ODTS links a central administration with production plants or suppliers, and state hubs. The government approached the company in the last week of April, following which it developed this application, Cargo Exchange chief executive Srihari Icharapu told ET. “It provides real-time data on oxygen availability, requirements and helps tracking vehicles carrying oxygen.”

The system also integrates the GSTN database for e-waybill-based data, ministry officials said. “The tankers are tracked using the mobile number of the truck drivers and integration of fast-tag data of tolls on national highways,” one of the officials said. The registration number of the tankers as well as data on the drivers and owners from the road transport ministry’s Vahan and Sarathi platforms have also been integrated into the web-based application, this official added.

“We are now planning to update the system and use it for tracking supply and movement of oxygen through air and railways,” Cargo Exchange chief strategy officer Dileep Sreesadanam said.

( Originally published on May 13, 2021 )