New Delhi: Good news for Noida residents, the Noida Authority has started an oxygen refilling bank to facilitate the service at Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) for COVID-19 positive residents in home isolation. The Authority has begun the service on Wednesday and is expected to hand over nearly 170 refilled oxygen cylinders to RWAs by Friday. Also Read - Delhi Unlock: From Restaurant Timings to New Rules For Bars, All Your FAQs Answered

Officials have earmarked the community centre at Sector 93B as the main collection and distribution hub. A team of five Noida Authority officials are working to streamline the service to as many sectors as possible at a time of such distress. Also Read - International Yoga Day 2021: Yoga a Ray of Hope Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Says PM Modi

Oxygen cylinders will be given to the authorities between 8 AM and 11 AM who will fill them at the community centre and return it the next day between 3 PM and 6 PM. Residents will also be given specific time slots to drop or collect the cylinders to avoid a rush at the refilling centre. Also Read - Major Milestone: Andhra Pradesh Sets New Record by Vaccinating 13.45 Lakh People in a Day

The service has been enabled to reduce the scope of black-marketing in the city amid huge demand for medical oxygen.

Noida Authority is also planning to set up a 50-bed makeshift COVID-19 hospital with oxygen support for patients to reduce the burden on hospitals in the city. The facility is likely to go functional by May 8.