Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today inaugurated several important projects in Karnataka, executed by the Steel PSU KIOCL. These included an oxygen generator plant, 50 beds at the government hospital, and a 5 MW solar power plant. On this occasion, the Minister of State for Steel Faggan Singh Kulaste was also present.
Speaking on the occasion, Dharmendra Pradhan said that the country faced unprecedented challenges during the second wave of the pandemic, which had put enormous stress on the health system. The requirement for medical oxygen increased in the country, and our steel and petroleum companies, both from the public and private sectors, stepped up and supplied liquid medical oxygen.
He said,’’ The oxygen requirement in the country went up to over 10,000 MT/day during the last month but steel Companies even undertook a production cut in steel to meet the country’s demand.’’
He further said that the oxygen production capacities are in the Eastern parts of the country while the demand was maximum in the Northern and Western regions. The situation was well managed, and capacities were ramped up. Today, there is no dearth of Oxygen concentrators, cylinders, and PSA plants.
Describing the big leap in the country’s vaccination drive, the Minister said that over 8.2 million people were vaccinated yesterday. He stated that under the guidance and leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the country has taken proactive measures to combat Covid-19.
He called upon the support of all, including the spiritual leaders, political leaders, social workers, health professionals, and officials, to spread awareness among the people to overcome any type of reluctance or hesitancy about vaccination. “Vaccine hesitancy is a challenge in front of us. Being a sensible society it is our responsibility to rise to the occasion. I call upon all stakeholders to work together to address vaccine hesitancy in the society.”
Dharmendra Pradhan said that India must be protected from the third wave of Covid, and vaccination is the only way for that. The Minister said that yesterday was also the International Day of Yoga. ‘’Yoga is an effective practice to adopt a healthy lifestyle and keep diseases away, ‘’he added. He also lauded the Karnataka government for its active participation in the vaccination drive and being the second-largest state in the country to have vaccinated 8.7 lakh, people, yesterday.
Oxygen Generator Plant at AIMS, Karnataka
With an investment of Rs. 90 lakhs, KIOCL has given one oxygen generating plant with a capacity of 1,000 m3/day, which will treat around 100 COVID patients per day. The plant has been handed over to Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), Karnataka which is run by Sri Adichunchanagiri Shikshana Trust.
Donation of 50 Beds at Govt. Hospital, Moodabidri, Mangalore
KIOCL has distributed 50 beds at various places in Dakshina Kannada Districts. Now, the Company is donating 50 beds to the government hospital located at Moodabidri for COVID patients. The Company has spent around Rs.18 Lakhs for providing beds to the government hospitals.
Details of 5 MWSolar Power Plant, Karnataka
The 5 MW Solar Power Plant at Kathrikehal Village, Chikkanayakanahalli, Tumkur district in Karnataka has been set up at a total cost of Rs. 24.44 Crores. The overall capacity of the company has increased to 6.35 MW. Solar Power generation. It will help in fulfilling the KIOCL Limited Power requirement to the extent of 5 MW out of the total demand of 30 MW requirement for its Pellet Plant at Mangalore.
The initiative is taken by KIOCL which will help in bringing down the power cost and will also help in reducing the production cost of the Pellet Plant. The estimated power generation from the plant is 10 million kWh per annum and approximate savings from this would be Rs 6.2 crores per annum. The estimated life cycle of this plant is 25 years, and the payback period is 56 months.