BMC Denies Allegations of Overspending for Oxygen Plants in Mumbai

BMC Denies Allegations of Overspending for Oxygen Plants in Mumbai
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Malad Corporator Vinod Mishra (BJP) said on Tuesday that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is spending double the money used by the Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC) to establish oxygen plants in Mumbai. 

However, the BMC has rejected these allegations, saying that rates of the oxygen plants differ based on factors like production capacity as well as the methods used.

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The civic body recently sent out tenders to establish 16 oxygen generation plants at 12 hospitals with the capability of generating 45 tonnes of oxygen in a single day. This was aimed at reducing dependency on private oxygen suppliers and consequently save costs in the long term. 

BJP’s Mishra said that the tendering process undertaken by the BMC wasn’t transparent and that it was spending twice as much money spent by VVMC.

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“The required tender process has been implemented in a very transparent and competitive manner and in accordance with the rules. However, some allegations have been made in this regard through some media and social media today. It has been mentioned that oxygen plants are being set up by other Municipal Corporations at a lower cost than the cost of BMC. However, these allegations are made without considering the production capacity of the oxygen plant,” the BMC said in its rebuttal.

An official with the civic body said that the installation process will be finished in a month, adding that the life of these plants will be around 15 to 30 years.

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