During a hearing in the Supreme Court over the supply of oxygen in the country to treat critical Covid-19 patients, Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Limited was on Friday hailed for its efforts to produce liquid medical oxygen (LMO) at its Jamnagar oil refineries and in increasing the manufacturing volume by another 700 MT for states badly affected by the infection.

“It’s an eye-opener for me as an administrator to see how Reliance Industries Limited Jamnagar has produced LMO and now it has gone up by another 700 MT,” said Additional Secretary Sumita Dawra before a bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud in the court.

The company’s Jamnagar refineries in Gujarat originally produced 100 tons of medical-grade oxygen, which has quickly been ramped up to over 700 tons, people aware of the matter had said earlier. The supplies being made to states like Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh will provide respite to over 70,000 critically ill patients every day.

Apart from supplying oxygen to several states, Reliance Foundation had on Wednesday said that it is setting up a 1,000-bed Covid-19 care flair with oxygen supply in Gujarat’s Jamnagar where all services will be provided free of cost. Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani arrived in Jamnagar on Sunday to oversee the relief work being done. Reliance Industries Limited has been supplying the highest amount of oxygen among private players in India.


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