Hindustan Times (Lucknow)

Govt opens oxygen tap for some industries

- Asit Ranjan Mishra asit.m@livemint.com

NEW DELHI: With the demand for medical oxygen reducing as the second wave of the pandemic ebbs, the home ministry on Monday temporaril­y permitted the use of liquid oxygen for certain industries, conceding a request from the industry department.

Industrial use of liquid oxygen was banned in April after a spike in the number of Covid patients requiring liquid oxygen support.

Quoting a letter sent by the department for promotion of industry and internal trade (DPIIT), the home ministry said DPIIT may allow usage of liquid oxygen on a temporary basis for continuous process industries/plants such as furnaces, refineries, steel, aluminium and copper processing plants, which require continuous power supply; infrastruc­ture projects and plants; micro, small and medium enterprise­s; exporters of manufactur­ing sector requiring oxygen for production; and food processing units.

However, DPIIT has to ensure adequate supply of liquid medical oxygen to hospitals and other medical purposes as per demands of states and Union territorie­s as well as adequate supply to industries/sectors such as ampoules and vials, pharmaceut­icals, manufactur­ing of oxygen cylinders and pressure swing absorption (PSA) plants, neutral glass tubing and defence forces.

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