Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that implementing the ‘oxygen mission’ is an option to make the state self- sufficient in oxygen production. He was speaking at the inaugural of the oxygen generation project at Dharashiv Sugar Factory at Chorakhali in Osmanabad district through a virtual conference today. He said, Sugar Industries of the state should take initiative and come forward for oxygen production.
AIR Correspondent reports, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that in the first wave of the Corona pandemic, a large number of testing labs, COVID Care centres were set up, which was a need of hour at that time. But the challenge of the second wave is huge and the requirement of oxygen from different parts of the state is large. Thackeray further said that at present, state oxygen requirement is approximately 1700 metric tons and we are producing twelve hundred metric tons of oxygen daily. As a precautionary measure we want to produce three thousand metric tons. If this target is achieved, we can become self-reliant. Efforts are underway to generate oxygen at various municipalities in the state. Now the co-operative, industry sector needs to take the lead in oxygen production. Developed with some modifications to the ethanol project at the sugar factory, this project is very important in the fight against Corona, he said.