Pune: District Collector Ayush Prasad has issued orders to shut down power supply to certain companies in Chakan industrial areas on August 15 from 9 am to 5 pm. This decision has been taken to enable Air Liquide India Holding Pvt Ltd to get a dedicated power connection for producing medical oxygen on large scale.
The company has been asked to start production to ensure uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen in future to various government and private hospitals as the COVID-19 case count is on the rise and jumbo hospital facilities are being set-up in the district.
For this purpose, supply to 132 kV Chinchwad- Chakan Power Line, 220 kV Volkswagen to 220 kV Chakan substation and all 22 kV and 132 kV outlets from 220 kV Chakan substation line will be cut off on August 15 from 9 am to 5 pm.
A statement issued by the Pune District Collector office said, "The power supply cut off may also impact the present medical oxygen-producing facilities of INOX Air Products Pvt Ltd and Taiyo Nippon Sanso India Pvt. Ltd in Chakan area. These companies are advised to ensure that their medical oxygen supply to various hospitals before and after August 15 will remain uninterrupted. These companies should coordinate with the hospitals to which they supply medical oxygen and ensure that in no situation the patients will suffer due to lack of medical oxygen."
"Air Liquide India Holding Pvt Ltd Company in Chakan also supplies medical oxygen to hospitals in other states of the country. Thus during the power shutdown period, the company should coordinate with INOX Air Products Pvt Ltd and Taiyo Nippon Sanso India Pvt. Ltd and ensure that this medical oxygen supply to outside states will remain uninterrupted. Also, the medical oxygen supply to hospitals in Pune city and all government hospitals should be ensured by Inox and Taiyo Nippon Sanso companies," the statement says.
"The Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Limited (MSETCL) will ensure that the power connection work is completed in time. If any company fails to abide by these orders, then they will have to face penal action under sections of the Disaster Management Act, Epidemic Diseases Act and section 188 of the Indian Penal Code," District Collector Ayush Prasad has warned.