Bengal’s biggest oxygen plant opens in Siliguri
Bengal’s largest oxygen plant was opened on Monday at the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital (NBMCH) in Susrutanagar, on the outskirts of Siliguri.
The second wave of Covid-19 led to an urgent demand for a state-of-the-art oxygen plant at the NBMCH. Funds were allocated by the Centre for a pressure swing absorption (PSA) plant in July this year, with the involvement of the National Highways Authority of India and Defence Research & Development Organisation in its setting up.
“This plant has a capacity to generate 2,000 LPM (litres per minute) of oxygen. As of now, there is no other government or private hospital in the state that has a plant of this capacity,” said a source in the NBMCH. Sushanta Roy, officer on special duty deputed by the state health department in north Bengal, said this plant will ensure piped medical oxygen supply to patients.