Hyderabad: MEGHA Engineering and Infrastructure Limited (MEIL) is all set to supply medical oxygen to hospitals in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh free of cost.
The infrastructure giant has put in place arrangements to produce 5 lakh liters of medical oxygen to cater to the needs of patients who are admitted to various hospitals.
MEIL is planning to supply 500 to 600 oxygen cylinders per day with each having capacity of 7000 liters, for free of cost. The total quantum of supply of oxygen will thus be around 35 lakh liters.
"In consonance with the efforts of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh governments, MEIL is reportedly officering medical oxygen B type cylinders free to match the increasing number of COVID-19 patients, who are in critical need of oxygen," the company said in a statement.
The company has submitted a proposal to the Telangana state government.
Meanwhile MEIL has received requests from Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS), Sarojini Devi Eye hospital, Apollo Institute of Medical Science, and Hyderabad care Hitech Hospital.
The company is currently manufacturing 30 tonnes per day in its cryogenic oxygen liquefaction plant. A new plant will soon be established at Bhadrachalam. "The cryogenic oxygen will be then converted into usable liquid oxygen for medical purpose at the MEIL facilities, officials said.
MEIL has also joined hands with DRDO for technical support. The collaboration aims at establishing 30-40 Oxygen generation plants.
Each plant can generate 150-1000 liters per minute based on the technology of onboard oxygen generation used in fighter planes. Director DRDO Col BS Rawat has nominated senior scientist Dr. Raghavendra Rao for coordination.