Saturday, 15 May 2021 | PNS | Dehradun
The State’s Tourism and Culture minister Satpal Maharaaz said that three oxygen production plants are being set up in the Kumaon region. Stating that production of oxygen will begin soon at these plants, the minister said that the government will ensure that there is no shortage of oxygen in the state. The state government is committed to providing all possible assistance to the Covid affected people, he reiterated.
Maharaaz said that the demand for oxygen has increased in the state during the Covid pandemic. Considering this, the government is ensuring adequate supply of oxygen in addition to setting up oxygen plants in various regions to ensure that there is no dearth of oxygen for Covid patients. He informed that an oxygen plant is being set up by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) at the LD Bhatt government hospital in Kashipur. This plant will have the capacity of producing 500 litres of oxygen per minute. Further, the Bajaj company is planning to establish a 400 litre per minute capacity oxygen plant in Khatim and a 1,000 litre per minute capacity oxygen plant at the medical college in Rudrapur.
The plant in Khatima will start functioning by the end of this month while the plant in the medical college in Rudrapur will start production by June 15. The minister also appealed to the people to desist from unnecessarily keeping oxygen cylinders at home. People should return oxygen cylinders once they are not needed so that they may be used for those in need. He also directed the officials concerned to take strict action against those indulging in the black marketing of oxygen and essential medicines for the treatment of Covid-19.