Maintaining oxygen supply, taking precautionary measures to ensure uninterrupted power supply to hospitals
Mumbai: Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in coastal districts of the Arabian Sea on Friday. In a meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that the administration is ready to ensure that the power supply to the hospitals is not disrupted and oxygen supply is maintained.
In a televised meeting this morning, the Union Home Minister reviewed the preparations by the Chief Ministers of Maharashtra and Gujarat as well as the administrators of Dadar Nagar Haveli.
Talking about the preparations made by the state government to prevent any damage in the cyclone, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that the power supply to the hospitals will not be disrupted and the backup system will be operational immediately and the treatment of patients will not be hampered. Although the Jumbo and other Covid centers are protected from the rains, patients from these centers have been shifted to other places in Mumbai and elsewhere as a precautionary measure in case of a major storm.
At present, in view of the need for oxygen, it is planned to ensure smooth production and transportation of oxygen production projects along the coast, and the Public Works Department, Police has been deployed at various places. He also said that the people from the slums on the banks have been shifted to other places.
On this occasion, Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte also gave detailed information as follows
Coastal Dolvi JSW (230 MT), Dolvi Inox (120 MT), Linde Taloja (245 MT), Inox Raigad (120 MT), Linde Prax Air Murbad (120 MT), approximately 900 MT. Instructions have been issued to Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Raigad, Palghar District Collectors and Mumbai Municipal Commissioner regarding the safety of oxygen producing projects.
Dolvi has an oxygen production project right next to the coast. The double feeder power supply and strong wiring will not cause any damage to the hurricane intensity. However, MSEDCL, public works and project workers have been warned to be vigilant.
In the exceptional case, if any problem arises in Dolvi or any other oxygen project, alternative arrangements are made as follows.
Arrangements have been made to provide at least 12 to 16 hours oxygen back up in the cyclone affected districts
The stock of 160 metric tonnes of oxygen from Jamnagar is reaching by tankers till tomorrow. As there is a possibility of cyclone in Jamnagar on 18th May, if any problem arises in Jamnagar project, reserve stocks can be ordered from Dolvi, Murbad, Taloja and Bhilai.
Pune has 30 to 40 metric tons of extra oxygen reserves. Excess stocks can also be arranged from projects which are in good condition.
Fishermen in Sagari district have already been warned of the cyclone and have returned to shore with all their boats. Some fishermen from Palghar are returning. Raw houses on the shores have been evacuated. It has been observed that no health system in the coastal area is in a raw house / construction. The coastal districts have adequate supply of medicines for covid as well as non-covid patients, including remedicavir, favipiravir, methyl prednisolone, doxycycline, paracetamol, heparin, amphotericin B and test kits, PPE etc.
Today’s meeting was attended by Additional Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister Ashish Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary Relief Rehabilitation Asim Gupta, Medical Education Secretary Saurabh Vijay, and other senior officials.