NEW DELHI: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has delegated financial powers to its regional offices to engage the contractors who are already carrying out NH works in different areas to fast track the construction of structures for setting up of Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) medical oxygen plants.
Though NHAI is involved in construction of structures for nearly 580 such plants across the country, work will start at 200 locations on priority. Sources said the pace of construction will be in sync with the installation of medical oxygen plants.
Two entities – Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and HLL Infra Tech Services (HITES) – have been given the task to set up the captive medical oxygen plants across the country. Sources said while the structures for DRDO plants can be done in a week or 10 days, the plants by HITES need proper RCC structure and would take at least a month.
“The NHAI headquarters has allowed us to engage contractors who are carrying out road works in different areas and we can complete this task by including this in the ‘change of scope’ of ongoing projects. It’s an emergency situation. We have identified all locations and tied up supplies of man and materials. As soon as we get the go ahead from the health ministry, we will start work,” said a senior NHAI official.
TOI on Wednesday had reported how highway builders have also asked their field offices to take up the construction of structure for these plants on war footing and should not worry about finances.