The Dharashiv Sugar Factory has started producing medical oxygen at its plant here in Maharashtra in view of the high demand of the life-saving gas for COVID-19 patients, a senior official from the unit said.
After making certain changes in the ethanol producing system and installing some new machinery, the factory has started producing medical oxygen, he said.
Around 90 cylinders were filled up with the medical oxygen at the unit on Wednesday, the official said. The aim is to fill up around 800-900 cylinders this week and raise the production further from next week, he said.
If all sugar factories with ethanol producing systems start such units, the demand for medical oxygen can be met, he added. Notably, Pune's Vasantdada Sugar Institute (VSI) last month appealed to sugar mills to focus on production of the life-saving gas at their plants.
Considering the current situation, NCP chief Sharad Pawar had pointed out that sugar mills where the crushing season is still on and have power generation plants should focus on oxygen production, VSI's director general Shivajirao Deshmukh had said in a letter to directors of various sugar mills in the state.