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Govt to use PM-CARES to set up 551 PSA O2 generation plants


More than 500 pressure swing adsorption oxygen generation plants will be set up in public health facilities across the country with the PM-CARES fund, the government said on Sunday, as Covid-19 infections surge across the country and lead to shortage of oxygen in hospitals.

The 551 PSA oxygen generation plants will be set up in government hospitals located in district headquarters across the country. The move is aimed at ensuring uninterrupted supply of oxygen in hospitals. Prime Minister Modi has directed that work on this project should start soon and these be made functional at the earliest.

The in-principle approval for this project was given on Sunday.

Earlier this year, ₹201.58 crore was allocated from PM-CARES fund for the installation of 162 dedicated PSA medical oxygen generation plants in public health facilities in the country.

These plants will give a boost to the public health system and ensure that each district hospital has a captive oxygen generation facility.

Oil PSUs are also in the process of setting up PSA medical oxygen generation plants at 93 locations across the country. Of these, 28 will be located in Karnataka, 12 in Uttar Pradesh, 11 in Madhya Pradesh, nine in Bihar, eight in Gujarat, seven each in Kerala, Rajasthan and Odisha, and four in Maharashtra. In addition, the liquid medical oxygen (LMO) would serve as a “top up” to the captive oxygen generation.

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