Union minister for street transport and highways Nitin Gadkari made the announcement in a tweet on Tuesday.
This comes amidst a rampaging second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has left hospitals in the country with an acute scarcity of oxygen, beds and tools.
“NHAI under Ministry of Road Transport & Highways will be the nodal agency for executing civil and electrical work for these plants and will complete them on war footing,” Gadkari stated in a sequence of tweets despatched out late Tuesday night.
“Our engineers will work with the doctors to ensure oxygen supply to needy patients. Like record speed in roads, we will construct infrastructure (at) record speed to save life of every Indian,” Gadkari added.
While State governments are confronted with the important scarcity of oxygen, Centre maintains that there isn’t any scarcity of oxygen in the country, however the assets to transport it are restricted.
These oxygen plants are anticipated to deal with the logistics subject in transporting medical oxygen to hospitals.
The MOP expertise was developed by DRDO for on-board oxygen era for the Tejas fighter jets, and has been transferred to Trident and Bengaluru-based Tata Advanced Systems Limited in order that these two firms can set up a part of these plants.
Two of 5 such plants to be deployed in and round Delhi had been already being set up on Tuesday by DRDO at AIIMS Trauma Centre and RML hospital.
The remaining three plants will be set up this week at Safdarjung Hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College and AIIMS Jhajjar in Haryana.