Eknath Shinde: State Will Set Up 14 Oxygen Generation Plants in MMR

Eknath Shinde: State Will Set Up 14 Oxygen Generation Plants in MMR

The Maharashtra Government will establish 14 centres to “produce oxygen from atmospheric air” as per State Urban Development Minister, Eknath Shinde. These plants will be established across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) to effectively deliver medical oxygen to those in dire need. 

Shinde elaborated that three such oxygen generation plants will be based in Thane, two in Kalyan-Dombivli, two in Navi Mumbai, and one each in Ambernath, Badlapur, Bhiwandi, Mira-Bhayander, Panvel, Ulhasnagar, and Vasai-Virar.

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“Each plant will produce two tonnes of oxygen a day, which will be supplied for 200 oxygen beds. Agencies involved in production have been selected, and work orders have been issued, which will be operational in few days,” the minister said.

Shinde who also holds the portfolio of guardian minister for Gadchiroli district said that five to six plants that can produce up to 1.5 tonnes of oxygen per day will be established in the district. He went on to say that the new plants are being set up with the current and future needs of medical oxygen in the state. 

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Further, Palghar district collector, Dr Manek Gursal said that the state government has released ₹3.2 crores for two oxygen generation plants in Jawhar and Palghar talukas.  

The coronavirus pandemic has tested the country’s healthcare infrastructure while the scarcity of medical oxygen has proven to be fatal for several patients. With this in mind, Central and State Governments have assured of maintaining a steady supply of medical oxygen in the days to come. 

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