As part of the preparation against the “possible” third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Delhi Government will install 19 oxygen storage plants in the next few days, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Thursday.
The Government has already installed three such plants in the national Capital with a combined capacity of 171 metric tonnes (MT), he said, adding that oxygen storage facilities are being created at various places to avoid the kind of shortage that was witnessed during the second wave in April and May, when some Covid patients died at two hospitals in the city due to scarcity of the life-saving gas.
“The Delhi Government is rapidly making arrangements anticipating the third wave of Covid-19. In the second wave, the biggest challenge that was faced was shortage of oxygen, because of which the people had to struggle a lot for days. Therefore, preparations are being made to tackle shortage of oxygen,” he said.
Kejriwal further said that two more oxygen storage centres have been made in the Babasaheb Ambedkar Hospital and the DDU Hospital. So, three oxygen storage tanks of 57 MT capacity each have been installed in Delhi.
Following the visit to Siraspur oxygen storage centre, Kejriwal tweeted, “Visited Oxygen Storage Centre at Siraspur today for future preparations. A cryogenic tank of 57 MT of oxygen storage capacity is being installed here, along with an oxygen generation plant with a production capacity of 12.5 MT per day. Preparations for Delhi are in full swing."
“We have already installed three oxygen storage plants of 57 MT each, with a total capacity of 171 MT. Work done on a war footing. Grateful to all those who made it happen," he said in another tweet. The Delhi Government is buying 25 oxygen tankers and putting up 64 oxygen plants in the next few weeks to ensure the city does not face another oxygen crisis as it did during the second wave, the Chief Minister had said last week. It is also creating an oxygen storage capacity of 420 tonnes to meet any future needs. The Government is also in talks with the IGL for setting up of a 150-tonne oxygen production plant, the Chief Minister had said.