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Nitrogen tankers to be used for transporting oxygen

Thane: Thane Guardian Minister and UD Minister Ekanth Shinde today visited the Oxygen production company, Linde at Taloja discussed the ways and means to improve the present situation of shortage of Oxygen and assured that the state government will take every possible measures to ensure proper supply of gas for the patients.

An official release by his office stated that he Minister instructed that the tankers of Nitrogen should be used for transporting and supply of Oxygen.

He said that upon the request from the Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray the Jamnagar plant of Reliance will supply additional 100 Metric Tonnes of Oxygen to Maharashtra.
In the recent past there is a tremendous increase in the Covid patients in Thane and through out the MMR region and the demand for Oxygen was also on the rise.

Mr. Shinde on Tuesday took a review and discussed the measures to be taken to bridge the gap between the demand and supply of Oxygen in the MMR.

He said that the Divisional Commissioner, Thane and Raigadh Collectors and FDA officials will co-ordinate on the procurement and storage and supply of the Gas in the region to the hospitals.

During the meeting it was informed that besides Mumbai, Thane, Raigad and Palgar the company supplies to Pune, Nagar and Aurangabad the Oxygen and presently to its full capacity it generates 230 Mts of Oxygen. The minister directed that the hurdles in the production and its distribution be resolved on priority.

The minister directed that the Oxygen so received should be property distributed by the collector or the municipal commissioner, provide police protection the tankers when they pass through specific locations, also provide all needed facilities to the drivers of the tankers transporting the gas he said and asked them to be considered as Covid warriors.

He also stated that the capacity of storage and supply of the small suppliers to the private hospitals be increased to meet the growing demands.

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