Covid-19: Vedanta offers to supply oxygen from its locked Sterlite Copper premises in Tuticorin | India News – Times of India


CHENNAI: Metals major Vedanta Limited on Tuesday offered to support the Centre and various states, including Tamil Nadu, in their fight against Covid-19 by supplying oxygen from its locked Sterlite Copper premises in Tuticorin.
There are two oxygen plants, which can function independently, and supply around 1,000 tonne per day (tpd) of oxygen to various state governments in view of the urgent need to offer its support for the governments’ efforts to meet rising demand.
“The two plants have a capacity of 500 tpd each. As and when the permission is granted, we can quickly get one plant ready and start oxygen supplies to the needy states. By that time, the second plant too would be ready to enable us supply 1,000 tpd at this critical time,” sources in Sterlite Copper told TOI.
Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Sunday, after reviewing the Covid-19 situation in the state, directed the industries department to give temporary licences to industrial units which are willing to supply oxygen during the critical time.
Sterlite Copper, part of the Vedanta Group, has reached out to Union health and family welfare minister Harsh Vardhan and the Tamil Nadu chief minister through separate letters conveying its offer to help. The company has also filed a petition outlining this offer of support in the Supreme Court, in view of the ongoing legal proceedings.
“The Sterlite Copper plant in Tuticorin contains two oxygen plants, with a combined capacity of producing 1,000 tonnes of Oxygen daily. We would like to now offer these facilities for your use, towards ensuring that there is no lack of this vital commodity in the nation, and also to join hands with the commendable efforts of our PM at this critical juncture,” Pankaj Kumar, CEO, Sterlite Copper said in his letter to the Union health minister.
“We would be grateful to be allowed this opportunity to support the nation’s needs. Our staff stand prepared to get these two plants operational in the shortest possible time and begin dispatching oxygen to the critical areas as per your direction,” he said in the letter.
In a separate letter to Palaniswami, Kumar said the Covid-19 cases were increasing at a rapid rate in Tamil Nadu and other states. Most of the state governments have been facing a shortage of oxygen supply to treat the increasing number of Covid patients.
“The oxygen plant is presently lying shut owing to the orders passed by the TNPCB and the state government… This is a humble request to grant us the necessary permission and allow us to run the oxygen plant, which will be instrumental in supporting the state governments in these critical times,” he said in his letter to the CM.



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