Govt to import oxygen from Singapore and UAE, also stresses on increasing domestic production

Apr 24 2021 03:23 PM
Govt to import oxygen from Singapore and UAE, also stresses on increasing domestic production

New Delhi: The Central government is going to import oxygen from abroad to lessen the acute shortage of life-saving gas oxygen in hospitals in the country during the second wave of the corona. After Germany for the import of oxygen, talks are now underway at the government level from Singapore and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

At the same time, the Home Ministry has said that 4 cryogenic (capable of maintaining low temperature) tankers are being sourced from Singapore, which will be used to transport oxygen to different parts of the country. Moreover, the government has directed to restart the closed oxygen plants to increase the domestic production of oxygen. The decision comes after Union Home Minister Amit Shah reviewed the corona situation in the country. The Home Minister has issued several instructions to states to increase the production of oxygen.

In addition to the Home Ministry, the Ministry of Defence has also started its efforts to address the shortage of oxygen. The Ministry of Defence has decided to import 23 mobile oxygen production plants and containers from Germany. They will be airlifted by air force transport aircraft. Sources have said that the capacity of those oxygen production plants is 40 litres per minute and 2400 litres per hour.

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