Union Minister of Road and Transport Nitin Gadkari, on Sunday, October 24, inaugurated a PSA oxygen plant at Shivaji Shikshan Sansthan’s (SSS) Dr Punjabrao Deshmukh Medical College and Hospital, Amravati (PDMC).
The oxygen plant is worth around ₹5 crore and has a capacity of filling 600-700 jumbo oxygen cylinders in a day.
This particular plant doesn’t require liquid oxygen. It makes oxygen from air by separating nitrogen instead. The plant was granted to PDMC Amravati by Nitin Gadkari under a CSR activity through Nagpur’s Maitree Parivar Sansthan (MPS).
MPS is a non-profit organisation based in Nagpur working for the underprivileged section of society.
The plant was inaugurated by Nitin Gadkari on PDMC premises in a public ceremony.
At the event, PDMC Dean Dr AT Deshmukh told Nation Next, This is a similar plant like the one that is stationed at Super Speciality Hospital, which was given under PM Cares Fund. The entire mechanism of the two is same, just the capacity of the one at PDMC is much more. This entire plant is funded to us under CSR activity. We are only in charge of the maintenance.
This is the biggest oxygen plant in Amravati district. I can surely say that now, Amravati won’t fall short on oxygen as it did during second wave, Dr Deshmukh added.
Speaking at the event, Nitin Gadkari remembered the horrific incidents of the first and second wave of COVID-19.
He said, I myself have lost many loved and dear ones in this pandemic. From personal experiences, I can say that we should now give highest priority to health services.
Stressing upon the concept of make-in-India? and made-in-India, he said, Our hospitals should be of international standards. We can make medical equipment in India. Need makes you creative. We had started making ventilators, PPE kits and other medical resources required. We should plan in advance now. If the third wave comes, we better be prepared. No one should die due to shortage of oxygen.
We should think for the best and prepare for the worst, he added.
Amravati Guardian Minister Adv Yashomati Thakur, Mayor Chetan Gawande, MP Navneet Rana, MLA Sulbha Khodke, MLC Pravin Pote, members of the SSS, members of PDMC, leaders, staff and others witnessed the inauguration.
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