IAF Flew 9 New Oxygen Plants To Kashmir

SRINAGAR: The Divisional Commissioner (Div Com) Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole on Monday received fresh consignment of nine new medical oxygen plants to be installed at various health facilities in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

Div Com Kashmir P k Pole along with other officers received the new oxygen plants at Srinagar Airport on Monday June 7,2021. Pic: DIPRK

Div Com along with other officers received the consignment at Srinagar Airport.

Sharing the details, Div Com said that out of nine oxygen generation plants, five would be installed in Kashmir, while the four plants would be installed at various health facilities in Jammu division.

He said five oxygen plants with generation capacity of 4000 LPM shall be installed at CHC Kupwara, DH Pulwama, Children Hospital Bemina with 1000 capacity LPM each, while as 500 LPM generation capacity shall be installed at CHC Chanapora and Trauma Hospital Bijbehara.

He said the State-of-the-Art plants imported from Europe shall enhance the health infrastructure and enable the medical authorities to tackle any covid related exigencies efficiently.

The Div Com appreciated the role of all concerned including Indian Air Force, Custom Authorities and Civil Aviation for their efforts in ensuring timely arrival of the consignment to J&K.

He said that though the normal installation takes 15 days time, however, the Mechanical Department which has been working tirelessly shall ensure its installation in 10 days time of these five oxygen plants to further augment supply of oxygen in the Valley.

Later, an official spokesman issued a detailed statement.

The Jammu & Kashmir Government received a fresh consignment of 9 Medical Oxygen Generation Plants at the Srinagar Airport, today.

The state-of-the-art Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) Oxygen Generation plants, manufactured in Europe, were airlifted from Frankfurt, Germany by Indian Air Force C-17 cargo plane on 5th June and delivered at Srinagar Airport today morning. Pertinently, the earlier consignment of 7 plants was also brought in by the Indian Air Force on 17th May.

Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, while expressing his gratitude to the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, said that it was only because of his personal intervention that has made it possible for J&K to receive 16 Oxygen Plants from Europe in such a short span of time. “I express my sincere gratitude to the Hon’ble Prime Minister for his continuous efforts in taking care of the health and well-being of the people of J&K”, added the Lt Governor.

“Our goal is to augment the medical supply across the UT with a vision to tackle any future health emergencies. Medical infrastructure capacities shall be upgraded across the board”, the Lt Governor observed.

5 of these new plants with a generation capacity of 4000 LPM will be installed in the hospitals of Kashmir and the remaining 4 with a generation capacity of 4400 LPM will be installed in Jammu hospitals.

At present, J&K has 40 functional Medical Oxygen Generation Plants and the addition of 9 more would further enhance the availability of medical oxygen in hospitals of UT raising it to more than 60000 LPM.

The Lt Governor also acknowledged the synergized efforts of various UT and central government departments/agencies lead by Public Works (R&B) Department, J&K with the Indian Air Force, MoD, Consulate Frankfurt, Customs, Shipping agents, and other agencies which resulted into this successful operation.


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