Indian Steel Makers COVID Bed Count Reaches 6500
Deccan Herald reported that JSW Steel plans to set up 1,000 bed Covid hospital in Toranagallu in Karnataka. The hospital will be equipped with modern machinery including an oxygen facility. It is laying a 4.8 km long dedicated pipeline from its steel plant to supply gaseous oxygen directly to the patients. The hospital will treat patients from the Ballari district and cater to patients from neighbouring districts of Koppal, Gadag, Chitradurga, and Vijayapura among others. The hospital will be operational from May 15.
Also, OP Jindal Modern School operated by Jindal Stainless in Hisar will be converted into an emergency COVID hospital. The proposed 500-bed facility will be equipped with 50 ICU beds. Oxygen facility in Hisar plant will feed the oxygen to this new facility. Jindal Stainless’s oxygen plant at its Hisar facility is running up to a capacity of 150%. The plant has increased its oxygen production capacity to 7.5-8 tonnes per day, up from 6 tonnes per day.
India’s Steel Minister Mr Dharmendra Pradhan has said on last Friday that the government has directed steel companies to set up 10,000 oxygenated beds for treating COVID-19 patients. While 5,000 beds will be set up by the steel PSUs SAIL, RINL, NMDC & MOIL, another 5,000 will be established by private companies like Tata Steel, JSPL, JSW Steel and AMNS India. With these announcements, according to available information, the status of setting up COVID19 facilities is as under
Steel Authority of India Limited - 2500 beds
Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limted - 1000 beds
AM/NS India – 1000 beds
Tata Steel Jamshedpur – 300 beds KSMS at Sakchi
Tata Steel Odisha – 200 beds
JSW Steel – 1000 beds
JSL – 500 beds
Total – 6500 beds