Amid reports of shortage of oxygen in the hospitals during the second wave of Covid across the country, the Defence Ministry on Friday decided to airlift 23 mobile oxygen generating plants from Germany.
They said each plant will have a capacity to produce 40 litres of oxygen per minute and 2,400 litres every hour.
The decision came four days after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh directed all the defense establishments to set up more Covid-19 hospitals, use emergency powers and bring in retired personnel to tackle the Covid-19 crisis.
A Defence Ministry spokesperson Bharat Bhushan Babu said the plants will be deployed in the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) hospitals treating Covid-19 patients. He said the oxygen generating plants are expected to be airlifted within a week.
Another official said the Indian Air Force has been told to remain ready to keep its transport aircraft ready to bring the plants from Germany once required paper works are completed. The official said more oxygen generation plants may be procured from abroad. Babu said the advantage of these plants is that they are easily portable.
India recorded a one-day tally of 3.32 lakh new coronavirus cases and 2,263 new fatalities, according to official data released on Friday.
India is struggling with a second wave of coronavirus infection and hospitals in several states are reeling under shortage of medical oxygen and beds in view of rising COVID-19 cases.