Centre takes several initiatives to enhance availability of oxygen, streamline distribution and strengthen its storage infrastructure in country
In order to address the surge in demand for oxygen, the Centre has undertaken key measures to increase the availability, streamline the distribution and strengthen the oxygen storage infrastructure in the country. The Commerce and Industry Ministry said, the steps undertaken focused on the entire oxygen supply chain including efforts for improving oxygen production, enhancing tanker availability to optimize logistics, improving oxygen storage at the last mile and easing norms of procurement.
Oxygen availability has been enhanced by increase in Production Capacity and production, setting up of Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) Plants, import of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) from Overseas and Procurement of Oxygen Concentrators. For enhancing tanker availability to streamline transportation, Nitrogen and Argon tankers have been converted, tankers and containers have been imported, domestic manufacturing of tankers increased and rail and air transportation of tankers is being undertaken to reduce turn-around time.
Oxygen Digital Tracking System has been set up for real time monitoring, and driver availability is being enhanced with training of MHV drivers. For improving oxygen storage, the number and capacity of cryogenic tankers at hospitals is being enhanced and Medical Oxygen cylinders are being procured. Relaxation of General Financial Rules has been undertaken to enable faster procurement of critical supplies.