Free oxygen at the Sunni Badi Masjid in Madanpura on Saturday
MUMBAI: Facing an acute shortage of oxygen in its hospitals, the BMC will set up 16 oxygen generation plants at 12 municipal hospitals.
Officials of thr Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said these 16 oxygen generation plants would be able to generate 43 tonnes of oxygen per day and drastically cut dependence on private oxygen suppliers, saving costs in the long run. The BMC will spend around Rs 90 crore on these plants.
A municipal official said the plants were likely to be set up in a month.
These projects will generate oxygen at less than half the per litre cost of cylinders supplied by private parties.
Once ready, these plants can be operated for a minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years.
Officials said that the BMC had set up an oxygen generation plant with a capacity of about 500 cubic metres per day at the Kasturba Hospital two years ago.
The Trauma Care Hospital also has an oxygen generation plant with a production capacity of 1,740 cubic metres per day.
Officials said that oxygen generation plants in various hospitals and Covid-19 centres would be permanent in nature and there would be no handling and filling of oxygen cylinders.