New Delhi: Vedanta Group on Thursday said it has aligned with the government initiatives to supplement its efforts in tackling the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Group companies Hindustan Zinc Ltd (HZL) and ESL have stepped in to augment oxygen supplies to COVID-19 patients as part of its Vedanta Cares initiative, the firm said in a statement.
Sterlite Copper, which has one of the largest oxygen facilities in the country at Tuticorin, has reached out to the Tamil Nadu government and Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan with its offer to help, seeking approval to operate its 1,000 tonnes per day oxygen plant to meet the rising demand, the statement said.
The company has also filed a petition outlining its offer to help in the Supreme Court in view of the legal proceedings.
HZL has supplied 1,500 litres of industrial oxygen to the Udaipur health administration. The company transported a 1,000-litre liquid oxygen tanker from its industrial oxygen plant at Rajpura Dariba Complex, which has dedicated 100 per cent of its monthly production of oxygen to hospitals.
The company said it is currently supplying five tonne (100 per cent of liquid oxygen capacity) of medical oxygen per day. “The company is also in the process of increasing it by another 2-3 tonne a day.”