NEW DELHI: Megha Engineering and Infrastructures Ltd (MEIL) has joined the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by deciding to supply 35 lakh litres of oxygen to Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The company will supply Medical Oxygen B type cylinders free of cost to Covid patients and has submitted its proposal to the Telangana government.
MEIL will dispatch 500 to 600 oxygen cylinders per day with each cylinder having a capacity of 7,000 litres. The total quantum of oxygen supplied will be around 35 lakh litres.
The engineering major has also received requests to refill oxygen cylinders from some of the top hospitals in Telangana like Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (50 cylinders), Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital (200), Apollo Institute of Medical Sciences (100) and Hyderabad Care Hi-tech hospital (50). These hospitals have already augmented their Covid bed strength following the massive spurt in cases.
MEIL and DRDO are also planning to construct 30-40 oxygen generation plants. Each plant can generate 150-1000 litres per minute based on the technology of onboard oxygen generation used in fighter planes. DRDO Director Colonel BS Rawat has appointed Senior Scientist Dr Raghavendra Rao to coordinate the initiative.
MEIL is also setting up a cryogenic oxygen generating plant at ITC Bhadrachalam with a capacity of 30 metric tons per day. The cryogenic oxygen will be later converted into usable liquid oxygen for medical purposes at the MEIL facilities.
Sources say that if required MEIL is ready to import 10-15 cryogenic oxygen tanks from its own unit in Spain which will help in the sourcing and movement of liquid oxygen.