500 medical oxygen plants to be set up across country in 3 months: Govt

at 6:55 pm

New Delhi (NVI): PM-Cares has allocated funds for the installation of 500 Medical Oxygen Plants across the country within three months in order to tackle the surge in Covid-19 cases and the related requirement of oxygen, an official statement said today.

Out of these, five Medical Oxygen Plants would be set up by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), through its industries, within the first week of this month in and around Delhi, it said.

The plants to be set up by DRDO would be at AIIMS Trauma Centre, Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital (RML), Safdarjung Hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College and one at AIIMS, Jhajjar in Haryana, it said.

Two of these plants reached Delhi today and are being installed at AIIMS and RML Hospitals, respectively, the statement said.

These have been supplied by M/s Trident Pneumatics Pvt. Ltd., Coimbatore which is the technology partner of DRDO and has been given an order of 48 plants, it said.

Order of 332 plants has been placed with M/s Tata Advanced Systems Limited and the delivery will start from mid–May, the statement said, adding the delivery schedule is being monitored very closely to deliver before the plants time.

Sites are being prepared at each hospital in parallel.

These Medical Oxygen Plants are designed for a flow rate of 1,000 litres per minute (LPM). The system can cater to 190 patients at a flow rate of 5 LPM and charge 195 cylinders per day, the statement said.

The Medical Oxygen Plant (MOP) technology has been developed by DRDO based on the On‐Board Oxygen Generation for LCA, Tejas.

These plants will overcome the logistics issues of oxygen transportation and help the COVID-19 patients in emergency. CSIR has also ordered 120 MOP plants through its industries.