Covid-19: North Karnataka chips in with oxygen supply | Hubballi News – Times of India

HUBBALLI: Industries manufacturing and supplying medical oxygen in the backward north Karnataka region have come to the rescue of Bengaluru.
Of the seven oxygen manufacturing units in the state, five are in Kalyana Karnataka.
Some are playing a vital role in distribution of oxygen across the state — of 21 distributors, 14 are in north Karnataka.
Large and medium scale industries minister Jagadish Shettar said: “As the state is experiencing a massive surge in Covid-19 cases in the second wave, it’s our priority to expedite oxygen production and distribution.”
“Considering the population density and number of cases, Bengaluru is in much need of oxygen. We have instructed all manufacturers and distributors to stop the supply for industrial purposes until the situation is back to normal,” he said.
“The state produces 812 tonnes of medical oxygen and allocation to the state is 300 tonnes. After our request, the Union government enhanced the allocation to 790 tonnes,” he said.
Of the seven oxygen manufacturers, four are in Ballari district and one each in Koppal, Tumakuru and Bengaluru districts.
“Our employees are working 24×7 to meet the demand for the state and nation. We’re proud to serve Bengaluru or any part of the country,” said a sales in-charge of a unit in Ballari district.
Benjamin P, business development manager, Karnataka Industrial Gas Ltd, Sattur, Dharwad, one among 21 distributors in the state, said: “We have not faced any hurdles from the government but are motivated to work hard to tackle the situation. Distributing oxygen to the healthcare sector is our priority.”
Vasant Ladawa, former president, Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: “We fight for our rights often, but we’re united at heart. We have sacrificed our land and other resources for these units. The workforce involving north Karnataka is committed to help Bengaluru or any region of the state and nation as well. We expect the same from our south Karnataka counterparts, especially the government, which should keep this in mind while allocating funds.”

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