Billionaire Mukesh Ambani is diverting oxygen produced at his refineries to help India battle a savage coronavirus outbreak that’s paralyzed the commercial capital as daily new infections spike by a record.
Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Ltd has started supplying oxygen from Jamnagar in Gujarat to Maharashtra at no cost, according to a company official.
The western state will get 100 tons of the gas from Reliance, Eknath Shinde, urban development minister, said in a tweet.
According to a news report published in Hindustan Times, Reliance is diverting some oxygen streams meant for its petroleum coke gasification units after making it suitable for medical use, the official said.
Separately, state-run Bharat Petroleum Corp. has built up a stockpile of 20 tons of medical-grade oxygen at its Kochi refinery in southern India that can be readily offered, the company said in an emailed statement. It previously supplied 25 tons of oxygen for medical use.
Maharashtra on Thursday reports 61,695 new coronavirus cases, 53,335 recoveries and 349 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department. India recorded 200,739 fresh Covid cases and 1,037 deaths in the last 24 hrs.