The National Highways Authority of India has received the health ministry’s approval to construct more than 60 of over 500 oxygen plants planned at various locations in the country.
NHAI is one of the organisations contracted by the Defence Research and Development Organisation to set up the plants, which are aimed at improving oxygen supplies to healthcare facilities as the second wave of Covid-19 ravages India. The plan to set up these plants was first announced two weeks ago. The plants are expected to address logistics issues faced in transporting medical oxygen to hospitals.
“The health ministry has asked NHAI to set up 60-70 plants to begin with,” said a government official aware of the developments.
DRDO said in the last week of April that it would set up 500 such plants with financial support from the PM CARES fund.