Vedanta has stated that oxygen plants in the closed Sterlite copper smelter can be used to meet the medical oxygen demand used in the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
CNBC-TV18 made the offer by Sterlite Copper CEO Pankaj Kumar in a letter to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.
Kumar said the Sterlite plant at Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu has two oxygen plants with a combined production capacity of more than 1,000 tonnes of oxygen per day.
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“We want to offer these facilities for your use, to ensure that there is no shortage of this viral commodity in the country,” he said in the letter.
CNBC-TV18 reported that Vedanta has also written to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami seeking permission to run Sterlite Copper’s oxygen plant.
Vedanta has also filed a petition in the Supreme Court in this regard, as his permission to operate the plant is sub-judicial.
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Many companies have begun to stop the supply of oxygen from their plants in various states to hospitals, as the spike in COVID-19 cases has led to a shortage of medical oxygen.
The Center has banned the supply of oxygen for industrial purposes since April 22, excluding nine specified industries.