Jaipur: Corporates in Rajasthan have committed to set up 73 oxygen plants at government hospitals through donations and CSR funds out of which four have become operational by the end of May.
While 27 of them are under various stages of development by the donated funds, the rest are getting implemented under the companies’ CSR activities.
During peak of the second wave, local industries had supplied more than 3,000 cylinders of oxygen on daily basis.
“During the peak Covid period, we wrote to the CSR wings of corporates for providing support as per CSR guidelines. The local teams were also in touch with industrial associations. We got an over whelming response from the industries as well as social organisations,” said Archana Singh, Commissioner Industries.
Transportation of the medical oxygen had emerged as a major challenge following sudden increase in demand. The industries department under the Oxygen Management Group traced and acquired nearly 26,000 industrial oxygen cylinders.
Oxygen from local industries helped in reducing the logistics challenges and transportation delays.
While Alwar-based Synergy Steel provided 850 to 950 cylinders of oxygen to the hospitals in about seven districts, Hindustan Zinc from its Dariba complex supplied 600 cylinders free of cost.
Similarly, Shree Cement from its Pali unit supplied 250 filled oxygen cylinders. SRK Oxygen plant in Chittorgarh was revived for generation 700 cylinders a day. Salasar Gases in Kishangarh, an old and closed LMO plant, was made functional for producing 600 cylinders a day.