NEW DELHI: The home ministry on Monday modified its order on liquid oxygen use by industries and allowed pharma companies, manufacturers of ampules and vials and defence forces to continue using it.
The move came as firms as well as the government intensified their focus on transportation of gas, a key challenge amid claims from the home ministry that there was no shortage of oxygen.
To overcome logistical challenges and facilitate the faster movement of liquid medical oxygen (LMO), the government has ordered steel companies to convert a certain number of nitrogen tankers to carry oxygen. Currently, there are 765 nitrogen tankers with a capacity of 8,345 metric tonnes and 434 argon tankers that have a capacity to transport 7,642 MT.
The conversion of some of the tankers will enable more vehicles to be deployed as there are currently 1,172 tankers available for LMO, with the capacity of 15,900MT. With more vehicles at their disposal, it will be faster to move the gas needed in large quantities by Covid-19 patients.