Fertiliser minister asks urea makers to set up oxygen plants

New Delhi: Union Fertiliser Minister D V Sadananda Gowda on Monday urged urea manufacturers to set up medical oxygen plants at their premises to ramp up the supply of the gas amid surging cases of COVID-19 in the country.
The minister also hailed cooperative major IFFCO for dedicating four of its plants for the production of medical oxygen.
There have been reports of shortage of medical oxygen for COVID-19 patients in different parts of the country in the last few days due to an exponential rise in coronavirus cases. The Centre on Monday had also called a meeting of chief secretaries and senior officials of 10 states and Delhi to discuss the issue of medical oxygen.
Gowda in a series of tweets said that the government is taking all measures to ramp up production and availability of medical oxygen.
Cooperative fertiliser major IFFCO on Monday said it will set up four medical oxygen plants with an investment of about Rs 30 crore in the next 15 days in Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Odisha, in a bid to supply it for free to hospitals.
“Kudos to @IFFCO_PRfor dedicating their four plants for production of medical oxygen. I request other urea units to kindly follow the suit wherever possible…,” Gowda said in his tweets.
The minister urged other urea companies to follow the suit of IFFCO and set up oxygen plants wherever possible, and stated that this is a time to fight the pandemic together and with full strength. —PTI


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