DRDO to set up five O2 plants in and around Delhi

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NEW DELHI: Two of the five medical oxygen plants to be set up in and around Delhi by DRDO and its industrial partners are now being installed at the AIIMS Trauma Centre and RML Hospital.
The other plants at Safdarjung Hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College and AIIMS, Jhajjar (Haryana) will also be set up this week. “These medical oxygen plants (MOPs) are designed for a flow rate of 1,000 litres per minute (LPM). The system can cater to 190 patients at a flow rate of 5 LPM and charge 195 cylinders per day,” said a DRDO official on Tuesday.
The five MOPs are part of the overall plan to establish 500 such plants at hospitals in different parts of the country within the next three months from the allocations made by the PM Cares Fund, as was announced by defence minister Rajnath Singh earlier. The equipment for the two plants at AIIMS and RML, which has been supplied by the Coimbatore-based Trident Pneumatics Pvt Ltd, reached the capital on Tuesday.
“These plants will overcome the logistical issues of oxygen transportation and help Covid-19 patients in emergency. CSIR has also ordered 120 MOPs through its industries,” he added.

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