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Centre to set up 581 PSA oxygen plants across India, DRDO to install 5 plants in Delhi

Around 581 Pressure Swing Adsorption medical oxygen plants will be installed across the country, said Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. The NHAI and Ministry of Road Transport will be the nodal agency responsible for setting up these plants, he added.

“Our engineers will work with the doctors to ensure oxygen supply to needy patients. Like record speed in roads, we will construct infrastructure at record speed to save the life of every Indian,” Nitin Gadkari said.

With Delhi witnessing an unprecedented surge in daily Covid-19 cases, hospitals across the national capital continue to grapple with an acute shortage of medical oxygen. In view of the increased need for an uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen, the central government on Tuesday decided to install five additional medical oxygen plants in the national capital.

Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, chaired a high-level meeting in April to address the issue of oxygen supply. The decision was taken to install five PSA Oxygen plants by DRDO at different hospitals in the city to ensure adequate and uninterrupted supply of oxygen for effective treatment of severe Covid-19 patients.

Accordingly, the Defence Research and Development Organisation is aiming to set up five oxygen plants in and around Delhi within the first week of May. These are to be installed at AIIMS Trauma Centre, Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital , Safdarjung Hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College and one at AIIMS, Jhajjar, Haryana.

Delhi Gets Two Oxygen Plants
Two medical oxygen plants to be set up by DRDO in Delhi hospitals reached the national capital on May 4 and are being installed at AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospitals, respectively. Installation at both sites is expected to be completed by Tuesday night. Accordingly, oxygen supply to patients will begin tomorrow.

Three more oxygen plants will be installed this week, two in Delhi in RML and Lady Hardinge, and one at AIIMS in Haryana’s Jhajjar.

Oxygen Plants to Be Set Up Under Pm-cares Fund
This is part of the central government’s plan to have 500 medical oxygen plants installed across the country within three months under the PM-CARES fund.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in a tweet on Tuesday, “ In order to tackle the surge in COVID-19 cases & subsequent requirement of oxygen, PM-CARES has allocated funds for the installation of 500 Medical Oxygen Plants across the country. These plants are planned to be set up within three months.”

These oxygen plants are designed for a flow rate of 1,000 litres per minute. The system can cater to 190 patients at a flow rate of 5 LPM and charge 195 cylinders per day. These plants will enable hospitals to overcome the logistical issues issued with the transportation of medical oxygen and help critical Covid-19 patients. CSIR has also ordered 120 MOP plants for its industries.

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 for 48 plants. The order for the remaining 332 plants has been placed with M/s Tata Advanced Systems Limited and the delivery will start from mid-May. India Today