Slum dweller turned crorepati entrepreneur from Nagpur spends Rs 85 lakhs in a week to arrange oxygen for covid patients

At a time when communal harmony of the country seem to be in danger, Nagpur based transporter Pyare Khan has set an example by spending Rs 85 lakh in less than a week to ensure around 400 metric tonnes of medical liquid oxygen reaches government hospitals in and around Nagpur to save hundreds of patients suffering from Covid. Just spare a few minutes to laud his initiative…

Rags to riches story

Pyare Khan started by selling oranges outside Nagpur railway station in 1995. Today, Pyare Khan, son of a small grocer from the slums of Tajbagh, owns a company worth Rs 400 crore. He owns a fleet of 300 trucks.

Administration promises to clear dues

The administration has promised to pay him for oxygen transportation, but Pyare Khan has refused it saying the expenditure was his duty-bound ‘zakat’ during the holy month of Ramzan. He says the expenditure on oxygen is his service to humanity in the time of crisis.

Salute to the man

Pyare Khan’s initiative includes 116 oxygen concentrators, which he aims to donate to AIIMS, Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) and Indira Gandhi Government Medical College & Hospital (IGCMCH) in Nagpur.
Pyare Khan paid three times more to hire two cryogenic gas tankers from Bengaluru. As the demand for oxygen soared amid the increasing death rate in Nagpur, Pyare Khan paid Rs 14 lakh more than the market price for the tankers. He has provided 32 tonnes of oxygen till now.

Tankers biggest challenge

He said getting tankers was the biggest challenge. Tankers are being arranged from places like Raipur, Rourkela and Bhilai to get them filled with oxygen. Pyare Khan employs more than 1,200 people in his Ashmi Road Carriers Private Limited.

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