The federal government took efforts to enhance oxygen manufacturing, enhancing tanker availability, bettering oxygen storage on the final mile and easing norms of procurement, the commerce ministry mentioned in an announcement.
“Oxygen availability has been enhanced by enhance in manufacturing capability and manufacturing, organising of Stress Swing Adsorption (PSA) Vegetation, import of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO), and procurement of oxygen concentrators,” it mentioned.
The federal government additionally listed steps to spice up the provision of oxygen tankers, which included streamlining of transportation, conversion of nitrogen and argon tankers and import of tankers/containers together with boosting of home manufacturing.
The assertion comes amid reviews of oxygen scarcity from a number of hospitals throughout the nation, particularly in Delhi.
The courts had final week lashed out at each the Centre and the Delhi authorities whereas ordering enough provide of oxygen to avoid wasting lives of great COVID-19 sufferers.
The Delhi authorities has repeatedly claimed that the nationwide capital is receiving much less oxygen than what has been demanded.
The commerce ministry acknowledged that oxygen manufacturing has elevated from 5,700 MT per day in August final 12 months to 9,446 MT per day in Might this 12 months.
The manufacturing capability has additionally elevated from 6,817 MT per day to 7,314 MT per day, and capability utilization has gone up from 84 per cent to 129 per cent throughout this era, the ministry mentioned.
“Metal corporations from each the private and non-private sectors have stepped up efforts to fulfill the nation’s requirement of medical oxygen. On Might 4, the entire liquid medical oxygen manufacturing by the metal crops was 3680.30 MT. The full LMO provide per day was up from a mean 1500-1700 MT in mid-April to 3131.84 MT on April 25, and additional to 4076.65 MT on Might 4,” it mentioned.
It mentioned that the LMO sale has additionally elevated from about 1,300 MT/day in March 1 to eight,920 MT/day on Might 6.
Through the first wave of Covid-19, the utmost sale of three,095 MT/day of LMO was seen on September 29, 2020. The sale grew greater than five-fold from 1,559 MT/day on March 31 this 12 months to over 8,000 MT mark by Might 3, 2021.
On the oxygen allocation course of, it mentioned that it has repeatedly developed to streamline the distribution in India.
It added that the allocation to states/UTs is dynamic in nature, based mostly on necessities as per well being ministry norms, and session with states/UTs, producers and different stakeholders.
“There’s a mismatch between producing and consuming states, and fairness amongst states to be maintained. Furthermore, one-third of the manufacturing is concentrated in East India, whereas 60% of demand for oxygen is in North and South India, leading to transportation challenges,” it mentioned.
It added that mapping of supply and vacation spot of oxygen has been accomplished to optimize transportation plans in session with states/UTs, producers and different stakeholders.
Concerning oxygen manufacturing capability enhancement plans, the ministry mentioned that further 70 MT/day manufacturing is anticipated in Karnataka.
“1,594 PSA (Stress Swing Adsorption) crops are being established to enhance oxygen provide close to demand clusters…74 of the 162 PSA crops have been put in and the remaining can be put in by June 2021. 1,051 further PSA crops sanctioned underneath the PM Cares Fund in March and April 2021 can be commissioned within the subsequent three months in phases,” it added.
On imports, it mentioned 50,000 MT of liquid oxygen is being imported from abroad, with orders and supply schedule for five,800 MT has been finalized; three quotations have been acquired for 3,500 MT, which was permitted on April 21 with supply over three months.
As well as, 2,285 MT of LMO is being imported from the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait and France. Additional procurement of 1 lakh oxygen concentrators has been sanctioned underneath PM Cares Fund on April 27 and the supply has been acquired for two,500 items.
“There was a superb response to the tender floated by ONGC. Gives for 50,000 concentrators have been acquired from home producers. Awards for 9,800 items have been finalized with a supply schedule of 4,800 items on Might 15 and 5,000 items on Might 27.
“As well as, 55 bidders have expressed curiosity to produce 70,000 – 75,000 items of concentrators. Orders are being finalized and can be positioned based mostly on promised supply schedule,” it added.
The ministry mentioned that in March 2020, the capability of tankers was 12,480 MT and their quantity was 1,040. Now, the capability of tankers has gone as much as 23,056 MT and their quantity has elevated to 1,681, which incorporates 408 transformed tankers and 101 imported tankers.
“248 oxygen tankers are being imported, with 101 tankers imported thus far and one other 58 tankers to be imported in subsequent 10 days; As well as, 100 tankers are being manufactured domestically,” it mentioned.
Until the night of Might 9, 293 MT has been offloaded in Maharashtra by railways; 1,230 MT in Uttar Pradesh; 271 MT in Madhya Pradesh; 555 MT in Haryana; 123 MT in Telangana; 40 MT in Rajasthan; and 1,679 MT in Delhi.
An online and app-based Oxygen Digital Monitoring System (ODTS) has been launched to allow actual time monitoring of oxygen motion within the nation.
About 2,500 further drivers are being skilled to drive oxygen tankers by the Nationwide Ability Growth Company and Logistics Sector Ability Council.
It added that the variety of cryogenic tanks for storing oxygen at hospitals has elevated to 901 from 609 since March 2020 and availability of medical oxygen cylinders has elevated from 4.35 lakh in March 2020 to 11.19 lakh in Might 21.
“Further, 3.35 lakh cylinders are being procured according to estimated enhance in demand. Orders have been positioned for added 1,27,000 cylinders on April 21. DRDO is procuring 10,00,000 NRM valves underneath PM Cares Fund – this system will cut back wastage of oxygen by shutting out the availability throughout exhalation,” it mentioned.
(With inputs from PTI)