BMC officials said that these 16 oxygen generation plants will be able to generate around 43 tonnes of oxygen per day and will drastically reduce BMC’s dependence on private oxygen suppliers, saving costs in the long run.
The BMC will spend around Rs 90 crore on these plants.
A senior civic official said that the BMC had already floated tenders for setting up the plants and these plants are likely to be set up in a month’s time.
“The increasing cases of Covid has led to a huge increase in the number of patients across the country. Considering the lung infection, patients need to be supplied with oxygen continuously and at high capacity (liters per minute),” the official said, adding, “This has led to a huge increase in the demand for oxygen from hospitals across the country. Mumbai is no exception to this situation.”
“Covid infected patients have to be shifted from one hospital to another due to lack of timely oxygen supply. However, the BMC administration has from the outset closely monitored the availability of oxygen and its proper use,” the official said.
In particular, compared to the cost per liter of oxygen supplied by private suppliers through jumbo cylinders, these projects will generate oxygen at a rate less than half of that.
Once ready, these plants can be operated for a minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years. As a result, these projects will also be very useful for saving money for the BMC.
Officials said that the BMC had set up an oxygen generating plant with a capacity of about 500 cubic meters per day at Kasturba Hospital two years ago.
Jogeshwari’s Trauma Care Hospital also has a plant with a capacity of 1,740 cubic meters per day a year ago.
“Oxygen generation plants in both these hospitals are functioning well and they are becoming very valuable during the pandemic. Both of these plants are based on the technology of generating oxygen from the air,” the official said.
Officials explained that oxygen generating plants in various hospitals and Covid centers will be permanent and so there will be no hassle of handling and filling oxygen cylinders.
Additional municipal commissioner (Projects) P Velrasu said that this would help in reducing the stress on the system.