It’s a step closer to the preparation for the widely anticipated third wave of the pandemic warned by health authorities, it said.
Shoko Noda, Resident Representative, commenting on the company’s initiative said, “The prediction of a third wave has raised a red flag for the country and in response to the unprecedented situation, Uttam Group has already installed 50 plus plants in India and further planned to set up more oxygen generation plants in different cities to ease the oxygen crisis.”
The inauguration ceremony of the newly set up oxygen plants was attended by Conrad K Sangma, Chief Minister of Meghalaya, HE Satoshi Suzuki, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to India, Ram Singh, Deputy and John Borgoyary, Regional Head of UNDP.
According to the group, despite preparation of the site in Meghalaya for the plants’ setup was a challenge, Uttam Group’s engineering and logistics teams along with UNDP staff completed the projects in less than two weeks.
The oxygen plants installed in Tura has the production capacity of 1.1 ton per day, it informed.
Dr Manish Pant, Head Health & Governance, UNDP, said, “Installing oxygen generation plant is a crucial project, as we should be better prepared for the third wave of the pandemic. Beyond Covid-19, the plants will continue to serve Meghalaya and the North East as a whole. We are thankful to the government of Japan for showing interest in Meghalaya and helping us build these oxygen plants that will serve as a ray of hope to Meghalayan people.”
Speaking on the event, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma, said, “I thank UNDP, the Japanese government and his Excellency for their contribution and support for Meghalaya has received in this crisis. The Indian government has always shown a desire to work with Japan and at this difficult time, we are finding innovative ways to help each other. The healthcare scenario in India is very challenging due to Covid-19 but with mutual effort, we can face the situation strongly.”
Karan Bhatia, the CEO, Uttam Group, said, “I am thankful for the support that Uttam Group of companies has received from the Indian authorities and international agencies. The hospital infrastructure in India is majorly dependent on external sources for oxygen supply and there is an urgent need for in-house oxygen generation units in hospitals. These three plants will make the hospitals self-reliant for their oxygen requirement during the current health crisis.”