Visakhapatnam: Minister of Steel Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday dedicated Phase-I of Jumbo Covid Care facility at Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited(RINL), Visakhapatnam Steel Plant township with 300 Oxygen equipped Beds in the service of the nation.

Mr Pradhan said that this 300-bedded facility is just the beginning. This COVID care centre is going to give a much-needed boost to the health infrastructure in the region in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. He said that activities are on to commission the new BOO plant at the earliest which can add further generating capacity of 100 MT LMO. In the second phase, the capacity of the Covid care centre will be augmented to make it a 1000 bed facility.

Presently, 100 beds have been placed at Trainee Hostel-1and 200 beds at Gurjada Kalakshetram, all of which have been fabricated in-house. The central oxygen supply system with Cylinder bank delivering oxygen to all the beds at Gurajada Kalakshetram has been designed and set up by employees of the organization.

The Union Minister complimented the steel plants for standing by the people during the Covid-19 pandemic. He said that RINL too has gone beyond the call of duty to ensure the supply of liquid medical oxygen to various parts of the country. The First Oxygen Express from RINL reached Maharashtra on 23rd April with 100 ton of LMO. Since the 1st of April this year, more than 6500 ton of LMO have been supplied and overall more than 15000 MT of LMO has been supplied by RINL which is a great service in these unprecedented times.

Describing the inauguration of Covid Care Centre at RINL as a perfect example of Cooperative Federalism, Mr Pradhan said that in a democracy, the Government is responsible for the welfare and well-being of people. "We have mobilised steel companies to create Jumbo Covid care centres with oxygen supply near the steel plants," he added.

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