The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, April 27
Amid a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases and while realizing the need of meeting the current surge in demand for medical oxygen across the State, Haryana Government has decided to set up Haryana Oxygen Control Room at Haryana Civil Secretariat, Chandigarh.
Sharing more details in this regard an official spokesperson said that all possible efforts are being made to increase the production of medical oxygen as well as diverting industrial oxygen for medical use.
Further to ensure equitable distribution of oxygen allocated by the Government of India for Haryana and ensuring adequate and uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen within the State, a State Level Oxygen control room has been set up at Haryana Civil Secretariat, Chandigarh
The Control Room is mandated to perform several vital functions including ensuring safe movement of oxygen tankers from manufacturing plants to the concerned districts. To ensure each district is informed of daily allocation as issued by Health Department.
Ensuring each district issues its own distribution plan and operates an early warning system. Attends to emergent requests from the Deputy Commissioners.
Mapping of oxygen manufacturing plants and monitoring their transition from industrial oxygen to medical use. To monitor messages on Oxygen War Room (WhatsApp group) which comprises Deputy Commissioners, HODS and Administrative Secretaries and initiate timely action.
The spokesperson said that the State Oxygen Control Room will be operated from Room number 43-A, situated on the eighth floor and the helpline number of the Control Room is 0172-2740833.
The spokesperson further informed that the Ministry of Home Affairs under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 had issued directions that the use of liquid oxygen is not allowed for any non-medical purpose and that all units manufacturing liquid oxygen shall maximize their production and make it available to the Government for medical purposes only with immediate effect and until further orders.
Meanwhile, Managing Director, Haryana State Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation, Anurag Agrawal for Industrial Estates and Director, MSME, Dr. Vikas Gupta for the rest of the State have been appointed for mapping of liquid oxygen manufacturing plants and monitoring their production and diversion to medical use.
A letter in this regard has been issued by the Chief Secretary to the concerned departments.