Updated: April 28, 2021 7:46:16 pm
With demand for medical oxygen rising and hospitals struggling to get their daily quota, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has decided to set up oxygen generation plants at four of its hospitals. The civic body said it expects the oxygen generation plants to come up within the next 21 days to effectively tackle the demand for medical oxygen.
Namdeo Dhake, BJP House leader in PCMC, said the four plants will come up at the New Bhosari, Jijamata, Thergaon and Akurdi hospitals.
“Initially, we have plans to install four oxygen generation plants. In coming days, we plan to set up at least 8-10 such oxygen generation plants to meet any eventuality,” he said.
“We have sanctioned over Rs 6 crore for installing the four plants at four hospitals. We expect they will be set up in about 21 days’ time,” he said.
Dhake said the Thergaon hospital plant will have an oxygen generation capacity of 1,050 litre per minute. “For this plant, we have sanctioned Rs 1.9 crore. At other three hospitals, plants of 60 litre per minute capacity will come up. Each of these plants will cost Rs 1.40 crore. In all, the four plants will cost Rs 6.10 crore. These plants will help increase 450 oxygen beds and 50 ventilators beds,” Dhake said.
PCMC Additional Municipal Commissioner Vikas Dhakane said, “Though we are in the immediate future installing four plants at the four hospitals, we are also getting three more plants. The cost of setting up one will come from the MLA’s Fund and the other two through CSR funds. So, we should be have seven oxygen generation plants.”
“This will certainly create more stock and we will not have to search for oxygen if the available stock depletes,” said Dhakane.
The PCMC also has plans to install similar plants at other facilities like YCM hospital, Jumbo hospital and Auto Cluster hospital.
Meanwhile, BJP MLA Laxman Jagtap, in a letter to District Collector Rajesh Patil, has urged him to set up oxygen plants in Pimpri-Chinchwad. “Oxygen plants are located in Chakan which are at quite a distance from Pimpri-Chinchwad. The collectorate should take steps to set up the oxygen plants in Pimpri-Chinchwad. This will save lot of time in bringing the oxygen from these plants to the hospitals in Pimpri-Chinchwad, especially in case of emergencies,” said Jagtap.
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