Today News Online Service
New Delhi, April 28
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has been asked to set up 500 medical oxygen plants within three months with money coming from the ‘PM cares fund’.
“Site preparation for five plants to be installed in Delhi/NCR region has already been initiated,” the Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday.
Transfer of technology has been done to Tata Advanced Systems Limited, Bengaluru, that will make 332 of these plants.
Trident Pneumatics, Coimbatore, will produce 48 of these plants. “A supply order has been made to the two companies,’ the MoD said.
Each of these plants is designed for a capacity of 1,000 litres of oxygen per minute. The system caters for 190 patients at a flow rate of five litres per minutes, it can charge 195 cylinders per day.
Another 120 plants with capacity of making 500 litres of oxygen per minute will be produced by industries working with Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun, belonging to Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
The MoD has set the DRDO a target of producing 125 oxygen plants per month and 380 of these – from Tata and Trident — will be installed within three months.
The oxygen producing units based on this technology have already been installed at some of the sites of the Indian Army in North East and also in the Ladakh Region where the tree-less expanse at an altitude of 14,000 provides very little natural oxygen.