NEW DELHI :
New Delhi: As the country suffers from a shortage of medical oxygen, around 10,000 oxygen beds can be made available near industries that produce gaseous oxygen by setting up temporary hospitals nearby, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office. Sunday.
“It is expected that around 10,000 oxygen beds can be made available in a short period of time by establishing temporary hospitals near these factories,” the statement said. “State governments are encouraged to set up more such facilities with oxygenated beds in the pandemic,” he added.
About 1,500 pressure swing adsorption (PSA) oxygen plants are also being set up with contributions from the PM Cares Fund and state-owned companies, among others. The government is also working to reuse existing nitrogen plants to produce oxygen.
“In line with his leadership to explore innovative ways to increase oxygen supply and availability, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting to review the use of gaseous oxygen,” PMO said .
The meeting was also attended by the Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary, PK Misra, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Interior Minister Ajay Kumar Bhalla and Road Transport and Highways Secretary Giridhar Aramane, among other senior officials. officials.
“The strategy used is to identify industrial units that produce gaseous oxygen of the required purity, to pre-select those that are close to cities / dense areas / demand centers and to establish temporary care centers with oxygenated beds at proximity to this source. A pilot project for five of these facilities had already been launched and there is good progress in this area, ”PMO said.
The Union government faces growing criticism for its handling of the second wave of the covid-19 pandemic, with the number of positive cases rising massively.
“Many industries such as steel mills, refineries with petrochemical units, industries using a rich combustion process, and power plants have oxygen plants that produce gaseous oxygen. This oxygen can be harnessed for medical purposes, ”the PMO said.
This is gaining in importance given that of India’s installed power generation capacity of 382.15 gigawatts (GW), coal and gas-fired thermal power projects represent 202.67 GW and 24, respectively. 92 GW. In addition, steel mills and oil refineries have supplied medical oxygen to different parts of the country.
“Considering the need for medical oxygen in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic situation, the Indian government has explored the feasibility of converting existing nitrogen plants to produce oxygen. Various potential industries, in which existing nitrogen plants can be spared for oxygen production, have been identified, “the PMO said in another statement.
“In deliberations with industries, to date, 14 industries have been identified where plant conversion is underway. 37 other nitrogen plants have also been identified with the help of industry associations, ”he said.
Meanwhile, Odisha’s government said on Sunday it had stepped up the oxygen supply and, within 10 days, sent 3,965 metric tons (MT) of medical oxygen to eight states.
The second wave continues to rage across the country, with 392,488 new cases of covid recorded in the past 24 hours. According to data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan accounted for 72.72% of new cases.