The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will set up oxygen plants that will use atmospheric air to generate the vital gas. BMC will set up 16 such plants in 12 hospitals within a month at a cost of Rs 90 crore.
Two such plants were made over the last two years and are generating oxygen from atmospheric air which is proving very useful in the current situation. The lifespan of the project will be a minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years.
The BMC said once the project is completed, they can produce 43 metric tons of oxygen every day. "Sixteen plants will be set up at 12 hospitals in Mumbai. Projects will be completed within a month after tenders are out. They will have the capacity of producing 43 metric tons of oxygen each day. The lifespan of the project will be 15 years. Compared to jumbo cylinders, the pricing will be less," a BMC official said.
They believe this will be a permanent solution to the oxygen crises. The officials also said transportation cost will also decrease.
Of the two plants that were installed over the last two years, one is at the Kasturba Hospital which produces 500 cubic meters of oxygen per day while the other one at Trauma Hospital in Jogeshwari produces 1740 cubic metres of oxygen per day.