Logistics Hampering Oxygen Supply from Steel Plants
Even though Indian government has set up a committee which reviews the production, consumption and stocks available at all the steel plants in the
Even though Indian government has set up a committee which reviews the production, consumption and stocks available at all the steel plants in the country and has allocated distribution of Liquid Medical Oxygen from each steel plant to various states, logistics issues are posing a challenge in transportation of medical oxygen from steel plants to health facilities.
A Tata Steel spokesperson said "We have been supplying 300 tonne of Liquid Medical Oxygen daily to various states UP, MP, AP, Jharkhand, Odisha, Bihar and West Bengal and hospitals. We stand ready to increase the supply though currently there is a shortage of containers and trailors to carry and transport the oxygen. The transportation issue needs to be sorted out expeditiously and the required quantity of LMO reaches the desired destinations.”
SAIL has enhanced its focus on increasing the production since beginning of this month. SAIL has reduced the production of gaseous Oxygen, Nitrogen and Argon besides optimizing process parameters in its plants to boost production of Liquid Medical Oxygen. In the last six days, the company has supplied, on an average, 660 tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen per day from its plants. On 21st April, 2021 alone, the company has supplied 891 tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen.
Meanwhile, Indian Railways first Oxygen Express train left for Maharashtra from Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited Vizag Steel Plant on Thursday evening. Seven empty tankers from Kalamboli Goods Shed in Maharashtra had reached at Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited in Visakhapatnam. Liquid Medical Oxygen has been filled in the tankers since morning. Each tanker has been loaded with 15 tons of Liquid Medical Oxygen and the train started to move towards Maharashtra, in the evening
For the supply of oxygen in Uttar Pradesh, another Oxygen Express train is headed for the Bokaro Steel Plant in Jharkhand