Tata Group is importing 24 cryogenic containers to transport liquid oxygen as coronavirus (Covid-19) cases continue to surge in India amid an oxygen shortage in the country.
The Indian steel giant has made the donation in an attempt to support the supply of liquid medical oxygen around India. Tata says it is importing 24 cryogenic containers via special charter flights.
“Given the oxygen crisis, we are putting in all our efforts to support India’s healthcare infrastructure. This is our collective resolve to fight the pandemic,” Tata said in a social media post.
“To mitigate the oxygen crisis, here is one such effort to boost health Infrastructure.”
In an address to the nation on Tuesday, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a collective response from industry to deal with the challenge of oxygen cylinders and increase production and supply. The government has already announced it will restrict oxygen supply to nine industries in a bid to divert supplies to hospitals from April 22, prohibiting supply of oxygen for industrial purposes.
Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) said on Wednesday it has supplied more than 35,000 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen of 99.7% purity from its steel plants across India since the onset of the pandemic last year.
Last Sunday, subsidiary Tata Steel announced it was supplying “200-300 tons of liquid medical oxygen daily to various state governments and hospitals”.
India reported its worst daily death toll (2,023) on Tuesday, with reports that Delhi is running out of oxygen.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “Serious oxygen crisis persists in Delhi. I again urge centre to urgently provide oxygen to Delhi. Some hospitals are left with just a few hours of oxygen.”