NEW DELHI, MAY 5, 2021
Vedanta Aluminium & Power Business has accelerated the COVID vaccination initiative and vaccinated over 7,500 of its people across its plants located in Odisha and Chhattisgarh.
With over 550 beds, Vedanta’s COVID Care Centres at Jharsuguda and Lanjigarh in Odisha, and BALCO in Korba, Chhattisgarh, are equipped with required infrastructure and medical personnel to provide proper care to those affected by COVID. Additionally, Quarantine Centres have been created for isolation and post-treatment recovery, the Company said today.
Further, it has swiftly augmented the capacity of its COVID Care Centres and quarantine centres across its plant sites to effectively handle the pandemic scenario around its areas of operations.
Vedanta has been supporting the District COVID Hospital at Jharsuguda in treating the affected populace from the region. At the District COVID Hospital at Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi district of Odisha, the company is working to set up an oxygen generation facility. It has recently provided 10,000 RTPCR testing kits to the District Government Hospital at Bhawanipatna.
Vedanta is also supporting local administrations in carrying out vaccination drives in the periphery. Its own hospitals are also in a state of preparedness to assist the respective district administrations in the fight against COVID. The company has plans to further augment COVID management efforts by both state governments and develop state-of-the-art field hospitals with all medical infrastructure specifically required for COVID treatment as needed.
To aid the ongoing efforts to manage the second wave of the pandemic, Vedanta Chairman Anil Agarwal has pledged Rs 150 crore.
Last year, Vedanta had contributed Rs. 201 crore to the fight against COVID-19.
“As the entire country battles to overcome the pandemic, we are committed to supporting our people, partners, communities and government through this critical period. With all safeguards in place to prevent further spread of the disease at our plant and township, our healthcare staff is working round the clock to ensure proper care for anyone who has been affected. We are also working closely with respective district administrations, helping them keep our communities safe,” said Ajay Kapur, CEO – Aluminium & Power and MD – Commercial, Vedanta Ltd.
Vedanta Aluminium & Power Business, a division of Vedanta Limited, is India’s largest producer of Aluminium, producing almost half of India’s Aluminium or 1.9 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) in FY20, and is also one of the largest private power producers in the country. BALCO is a part of Vedanta’s Aluminium and Power Business. Vedanta is a leader in value-added Aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. With its world-class smelters, power plants and alumina refinery spread across India, the company fulfils its mission of spurring emerging applications of Aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.