Anil Agarwal, Vedanta’s chairman, has pledged Rs 150 crore to help India in its fight against the deadly COVID-19 second wave. The amount is over and above Rs 201 crore that was spent by Vedenta Group in 2020.
Vedanta, in an official statement, said Anil Agarwal has pledged Rs 150 crore to help the country in its fight against the rapidly spreading second wave of COVID-19. The company will create additional capacity of 1,000 critical care beds in 10 cities across the country in an effort to support the Centre and states in this challenging time.
“I am deeply concerned and anguished to see the impact of the second wave of COVID-19 and loss of precious lives,” Agarwal said. “Vedanta Group has come forward to pledge Rs 150 crore towards our commitment to fight the pandemic and we stand firmly with our people and the government at this difficult time.”
The critical care beds will be placed in state-of-the-art field hospitals which will be attached to recognized and reputed hospitals. Each facility will have 100 beds in an air-conditioned tent with full electrical support and designed specifically for COVID care. The critical care facilities will have 90 beds equipped with life saving oxygen support while the remaining will have ventilator support.
The company is targeting to set up and commission the first set of facilities within two weeks and the balance facilities will be increased within a month. Vedanta has estimated this support for a minimum six-month period. The company said it is also working closely with the government bodies and local administration to provide medical facilities and hospital care to those in need.
At present, Vedanta is supporting around 700 beds for COVID-19 patients across its business locations, which will be increased to 1,000 in the near term. Meanwhile, Hindustan Zinc, ESL and Sesa Goa iron ore business have stepped in to augment oxygen supplies to COVID-19 patients as part of the Vedanta Cares initiative.