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Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, Delhi gets its own oxygen plant

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The PSA oxygen plant will ensure dedicated oxygen supply to up to 115 beds, significantly improving the hospital’s COVID care facilities

In a major boost to Delhi’s fight against COVID-19, the Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) Hospital at Hari Nagar has acquired a captive PSA oxygen plant ensuring a dedicated oxygen supply to up to 115 beds. The plant, installed by PSA oxygen generator manufacturer MVS Engineering, was facilitated with joint efforts of the Bansuri Charitable Society and Delhi Government’s Dialogue and Development Commission.

The plant has a capacity of 35 NM3 per hour (equivalent to fivejumbo cylinders/hr) and will contribute to uninterrupted oxygen supply at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, which is one of Delhi’s crucial COVID care centres.

“Given the everyday crisis being experienced by hospitals across the capital, we worked at record speed to complete the manufacturing and installation of the PSA oxygen plant at DDU. We started the building of the machine two weeks ago and had to work closely with our supply chain partners to expedite the process. Normally, it takes three to four weeks to complete the manufacturing for a plant. However, given the crisis situation in Delhi, we ensured this plant was built and installed in record time,” said Siddharth Rastogi, Executive Director, MVS Engineering.

The plant has been manufactured and installed at an investment of Rs 91.84 lakh, mobilised by the Bansuri Charitable Society with support of a group of donor organisations including Democracy People Foundation, Martin and Harris Laboratories, Advance Valves, Members of the Rotary Club Delhi Premier, Fancy Fashions and DCM Shriram Industries.

“This collaboration to set up an oxygen plant is a great example of Public-Private Partnership (PPP). Remarkably, the plant was set up from concept to execution in 15 days. We thank the Delhi Government, MVS engineering and Roshan Shankar for successful execution of this critical project,” said Alok Shriram, CEO and Senior MD, DCM Shriram Industries.

In addition to it, Rahul Agarwal, Trustee, Democracy People Foundation, said, “We at mission oxygen are happy to be associated with this project that will ensure unhindered oxygen supply at a key Delhi hospital in these difficult times.”

“Ever since shortage of medical oxygen and the increased demand for our machines, MVS Engineering has dedicated over 90 per cent of our manufacturing capacity at our two manufacturing units in Delhi for building PSA medical-oxygen plants only. However, a series of supply chain challenges are holding up our capacity to expedite manufacturing. The government’s decision to impose a blanket ban on supply for industrial oxygen has constricted raw material supplies because production of a number of inputs, particularly from the steel industry, used in manufacturing of our generators, requires industrial oxygen. Similarly, we are having to import Zeolite Molecular Sieves at higher prices, the main raw material for production of oxygen. We request the government to intervene and support us in helping offset the higher raw material prices and ease its policies that are negatively impacting our production,” added Siddharth Rastogi.

Since last year alone, MVS Engineering installed PSA oxygen plants in 40 hospitals across the country, including four in the National Capital Region (NCR) in the last two weeks.

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