Mercedes-Benz India, in collaboration with Bharat Vikas Parishad (BVP) to set up an oxygen plant at Seth Tarachand Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra. The new oxygen plant will have a capacity of 280 liters / minute and is expected to accommodate at least 200 hospital beds.
Martin Schwenk, MD & CEO, MBI with BS Koshyari, Governer, Maharashtra at the opening ceremony
Mercedes-Benz India has announced a partnership with Bharat Vikas Parishad (BVP) to set up an oxygen plant at Seth Tarachand Hospital in Pune, Maharashtra. The new oxygen plant will have a capacity of 280 liters / minute and is expected to accommodate at least 200 hospital beds. The facility can also support future hospital expansion and provide additional oxygen to other hospitals through cylinders. Mercedes-Benz India is funding 50 percent of the cost of the plant while the rest of the funding is raised by Bharat Vikas Parishad.
Mercedes-Benz India says the new facility will help boost oxygen stocks at a time when India still reports more than 30,000 COVID-19 cases per day and a third wave is expected to hit the country soon. The factory was officially handed over to the hospital in a ceremony attended by Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and Mercedes-Benz India Managing Director and CEO Martin Schwenk.
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Commenting on the initiative, Mercedes-Benz India boss Martin Schwenk said: “Our effort remains to support the community and local authorities where possible and to stand by them during difficult times. The oxygen plant that we are jointly setting up in Pune not only supports the current requirements of the Seth Tarachand Hospital, but also helps them with any future expansion. This is a long-term project, which will support the local community even after the pandemic.
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This is not the first time that the company has taken such an initiative. Earlier, in April 2020, when the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic hit India, Mercedes-Benz India set up a temporary hospital with medical facilities and isolation rooms for COVID-19 patients in the village of Mhalunge-Ingale, Chakan Khed, near its manufacturing plant. At the time, the company also directly supported the Grant Medical Foundation (Ruby Hall Clinic) by donating ventilators.
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