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Coronavirus: Udupi’s first oxygen refilling plant gets set up at Belapu

The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic has really rattled the country’s healthcare system. Every day, hundreds of requests pop up on social media requesting for oxygen cylinders, ICU beds and essential medicines. To counter this, PM Narendra Modi recently ordered the setting up of 550 oxygen plants across the nation.

In Udupi too, an oxygen refilling plant was sanctioned and set up at Belapu. The plant will supply industrial and medical oxygen cylinders to hospitals and industrial units. Manipal based SN Cryogenics has already started working on the project within the premises of Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board.

“The plant will be able to supply oxygen cylinders within two days if liquid oxygen reaches the plant as per current plans,” unit head Nataraj was quoted as saying by PTI. Currently, the oxygen needs of Udupi are met by the plants set up in Baikampady and Karnad in Mangalore. After the Belapu plant starts functioning, dependency on these plants will come down.

The Belapu plant has the ability to store 20,000 cubic metres of liquid oxygen at -180 degree. It’s expected that the plant will meet the oxygen needs of around 40 hospitals in and around Udupi, Manipal, Kundapur, Brahmavar and Karkala. It will charge a lesser shipping charge and deliver oxygen in a short time.

According to Udupi additional deputy commissioner Sadashiva Prabhu’s statement to PTI, all the necessary licenses for the plant have been obtained.

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