Bengaluru: While the country gasps for some oxygen, the country is running out of it. 

Now to track vehicles which are transporting it, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways(MORTH) has mandated Oxygen tankers plying Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) to be fitted with a Vehicle Location Tracking (VLT) device, reports in Livemint.

The ministry has stated that considering the current pandemic situation in the country, the need for supply of oxygen to the health centres and hospitals has become essential.

The ministry has brought in this rule under section 137(d) of the Motor Vehicle Act 1988.

A tweet has been put out in this regard, "MoRTH has made it mandatory for #Oxygen containers/tankers/vehicles to be fitted with Vehicle Location Tracking (VLT) devices. GPS tracking will ensure monitoring and protection of these tankers, besides ensuring there is no diversion or delay."

India registered a slight dip in Covid-19 cases as it registered 3,57,229 new cases in the last 24 hours (3 May).

At present, there are 34,47,133 active cases of COVID-19 in the country, the report adds.