The capital of the country, Delhi, will now become completely self-sufficient in the matter of medical oxygen. For this, the Delhi Cabinet under the leadership of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday approved the Medical Oxygen Production Promotion Policy-2021.
‘Trying to make Delhi self-reliant’
CM Arvind Kejriwal said that it is our best effort to make Delhi self-sufficient in the production of medical oxygen to deal with any medical emergency in the future. He said that the Medical Oxygen Production Promotion Policy – 2021 provides many incentives to the private sector in the field of setting up oxygen production plants, storage facilities, and setting up oxygen tankers.
‘Help will be available in medical emergency’
He said that this policy will help in improving the availability of oxygen in Delhi, which had become a major constraint in handling the previous Covid-19 wave. CM Kejriwal said that this policy has been made with the aim of making Delhi self-sufficient in the production of medical oxygen to deal with the situation of any medical emergency in the future.
Objective of New Policy – 2021
CM Kejriwal said that the objective of this policy is to make Delhi self-sufficient in the production and supply of medical oxygen. Under this, the production capacity in the existing oxygen units will be expanded. Along with this, the facility of storage and transportation of medical oxygen will be increased in the city.
The Chief Minister said that under this policy, liquid oxygen (LOX) manufacturing facilities of a total capacity of 100 metric tonnes would be set up. Non-captive oxygen generation plants (PSA/Air Separation Unit technology) of a minimum of 10 MT and a maximum capacity of 50 MT will be set up up to a total of 100 MT.
He said that under the new oxygen policy, captive oxygen generation plants (PSA / Air Separation Unit Technology) of a minimum 500 LPM capacity will be set up in hospitals and nursing homes. With which their demand for medical oxygen will be met up to a total capacity of 200 metric tonnes.
‘Subsidy will be given on electricity’
According to CM Kejriwal, under this policy, cryogenic tankers with a capacity of 10 metric tons carrying oxygen up to a total capacity of 500 metric tons will be set up. Along with this, electricity subsidy will also be given at the rate of Rs 4 per unit for the first 5 years to the plant having medical oxygen. SGST will also be reimbursed to these plants within a month of commissioning.