The country’s largest syringe manufacturer, HMD Healthcare, which was ordered to close its Faridabad facility, has resumed production following an order from the Commission of Air Quality Management (CAQM). The company’s units, along with 228 other factories in Faridabad, have issued a voluntary shutdown notice citing a violation of environmental standards.
The HMD units run on natural gas (PNG) but use diesel generator sets to make up for the power interruption.
“In view of the fact that the unit in question manufactures important medical equipment for the Covid-19 vaccination and the use of diesel generators was not carried out in regular production mode, the unit may reopen and resume operations under strict conditions upon presentation of an obligation / affidavit Follow orders / instructions from the commission, ”said Rajesh Kumar, Director, CAQM-Delhi NCR, in a letter dated December 12th.
After a voluntary closure notice was delivered on December 9, HMD General Manager Rajiv Nath wrote to the Prime Minister’s Office regarding the matter, requesting the CAQM “to withdraw the order or make an exception given the critical nature of its operations for the Covid-19 vaccination both in India and worldwide ”.
“Today (Monday) we begin receiving the formal letter in full,” Nath said in a statement.
“Nobody will want to run their systems with expensive diesel generators, even if they meet the exhaust gas standards with appropriate chimney heights,” he added. According to him, the unit cost of electricity from diesel generator sets is 24 rupees, while the electricity cost is 9 rupees and PNG is 13.90 rupees. HMD accounts for over 66 percent of the need for syringes in India for medical treatments and vaccinations.
The closed plant produces 1.5 crore needles and 80 lakh syringes every day.
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