The Mumbai metropolitan region will soon have 14 plants for the production of medical oxygen from the air. The plants would be set up by local municipal bodies. Each plant could produce about two tons of oxygen a day, Maharashtra’s Minister of Urban Development Eknath Shinde said in a statement to the media on Sunday.
Due to the continuous Covid pandemic, the state and the city region of Mumbai are facing a great lack of medical oxygen.
The statement said local municipal authorities in places such as Thane, Kalyan Dombivali, Ambernath, Badlapur and other areas had applied to set up the power plant. These plants will be operational in the next few days.
Shinde said in a statement that this capacity is being added as an increasing number of corona sufferers need medical oxygen. He will also take care of future needs. Therefore, plants are being built.
Each plant will produce 2 tons of oxygen from the air per day, which can be supplied to about 200 beds, he said.
On similar lines, five to six plants would be set up in Gadchiroli district. Each factory will have a capacity of about 1 to 1.5 tons per day, Shinde added.
Yesterday, the Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation (MCGM) also announced that it is in the process of creating 43 metric tons of medical oxygen capacity per day in 12 municipal hospitals in the city based on similar technology. The capacity addition is expected to cost around 90m kuna.
MCGM is the municipal government of the city of Mumbai.