Himachal state receives 2,100 Type A cylinders

Shimla, August 19

The state received 2,100 Type A cylinders through PM Cares fund, giving a boost to its efforts to ramp up the infrastructure to deal with the anticipated third wave of Covid-19.

"These cylinders are smaller than Type D and bigger than Type B cylinders," said Dr Ramesh Chand, state nodal officer, Corona Emergency. Dr Chand said these light weight cylinders, fitted with oxygen masks and regulators, have 20 litre capacity. "These cylinders weigh around 12-13 kg, so it's easy to shift these wherever required," said Dr Chand.

It may be mentioned here that when the second wave was sweeping the state in April and May, acute shortage of cylinders, especially Type D, was felt. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur had to urge the Prime Minister to provide 5000 Type D cylinders to the state.

Besides, the district administrations issued directions to people to surrender unused cylinders lying at their homes or business premises to enhance the stock of the cylinders. According to the Chief Minister, the stock of Type D cylinders at the moment stands at 7,500 and 1,500 more are being procured.

The latest consignment of 2,100 Type A cylinders will make the situation more comfortable as far as the availability of cylinders is concerned. — TNS

Courtesy: Tribune News Service
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