Bengaluru: With India grappling for oxygen and the government struggling to distribute the vital gas for breathing, several countries and private players have pitched in to repair the system. 

Most hearteningly, even the Indian Space Research Organisation has jumped in. The organisation has provided oxygen to the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Chandigarh.

This was revealed by Union minister of state for atomic energy and space, Jitendra Singh. 

Swarajya quoted that chairman, ISRO, Dr K Sivan said that 9.5 tonnes of oxygen being given to Tamil Nadu and Kerala per day, besides the oxygen capacity of Andhra Pradesh and Chandigarh was augmented.

He said, 87 Tonnes of liquid oxygen manufactured and supplied by ISRO Propulsion Complex, IPRC has already been given to Tamil Nadu and Kerala by ensuring 24x7 work schedule. Moreover, 12 MT of liquid oxygen is sent to augment Oxygen availability in Andhra Pradesh.

“The Department is also ensuring supply of Oxygen cylinders for the local public in Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. Advanced Medical devices designed including ventilators, Prana, and VaU and manufacturing to be taken up with industries at the earliest,” he said.

Also the Space Application Centre at Ahmedabad has successfully converted two Liquid Nitrogen Tanks of about 1.65 lakh litres into liquid oxygen tanks for storage and supply in Ahmedabad and nearby hospitals. Moreover, Face Shields and PPE kits are also being supplied to hospitals in Ahmedabad, the Department of Space said in a statement.

The other technological support provided by the Department of Space includes, Covid vaccination centers mapping across India integrated with Cowin app to help citizen reach the nearest vaccination center, deployment of Non-contact Thermal camera developed by SAC, development of Covid19 Dashboard in Sync with ministry of health and family welfare.