The UT has received seven oxygen generation plants from Germany

Oxygen generation capacity in Jammu & Kashmir has registered over a threefold increase since April 1.

From 15,000 litres per minute (LPM) on April 1, the installed capacity of Oxygen plants in the Union Territory (UT) has increased to 50,000 LPM on May 17.

The J&K Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) provided this information on Twitter, adding, "Prompt effort by the administration substantially augments the capacity & availability of Medical Oxygen in the Health Facilities of Jammu and Kashmir to serve the public".

The announcement comes a day after J&K received seven oxygen generation plants with a total capacity of 7,100 LPM from Germany.

Five of the seven plants will have a capacity of 1,000 LPM each; the two plants will have a capacity of 1500 and 600 LPM respectively.

"My deepest gratitude to Hon’ble PM @narendramodi for providing 7 Oxygen plants to JK UT. With his intervention, these Oxygen plants were airlifted by @IAF_MCC from Munich, Germany and safely landed at Srinagar Airport today at 12:45PM," J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said on Twitter on Monday.

The plants would add a capacity of 7,100 LPM and "hugely augment" Oxygen supply to the UT health infrastructure, Sinha said.

These plants are expected to be installed and commissioned within the next few days as the supporting infrastructure is almost ready.

Meanwhile, according to Kashmir Divisional Commissioner Pandurang K Pole, the availability of oxygen had improved as the region has five oxygen manufacturing plants. This was in addition to the oxygen plants in nearly 20 hospitals, he said on Tuesday.

"Demand for oxygen beds has been also eased out as the number of beds has been increased at all dedicated covid-19 hospitals" he pointed out.

He added that the rate of daily Covid-19 positive patients in the Kashmir divison has been going down by 10-12% in the past few days.

"There are chances that the mortality rate will remain same or increase in next few days," Pole said.