Amidst the rise of corona virus cases in the country, there seen rise in many issues across the country like shortage of beds, oxygen or sometimes the shortage of injection. Now the national capitalhad joined the growing list of states that struggling to provide the adequate availability of oxygen for Covid patients on Sunday.
Now Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal claimed that Delhi’s quota of medical oxygen has been reduced and diverted to other states. He said that the national capital is facing an ‘acute shortage of oxygen’ amid a rising number of COVID-19 cases.
He tweeted: “Del facing acute shortage of oxygen. In view of sharply increasing cases, Delhi needs much more than normal supply. Rather than increasing supply, our normal supply has been sharply reduced and Delhi’s quota has been diverted to other states. OXYGEN HAS BECOME AN EMERGENCY IN DEL.”
He also expressed his concern in a letter to Union minister Piyush Goyal and urged him to ensure an “uninterrupted” supply of 700MT of oxygen on daily basis and restore the supply of 140MT of oxygen by a supplier INOX.
However, his claims were dismissed by a senior official in the Commerce Ministry who said that allegations made by the Delhi CM are “blatant lies. Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal said that they “should keep demand under control.”
As per the official figures: “Delhi hospitals received 254 MT of medical oxygen on April 16 and 612 MT on April 17. As of April 17, the daily demand of oxygen from Delhi was 197 MT. The total stock at INOX and Goyal Gas, Linde, Air Liquid for Delhi is 311 MT and the total stock position of oxygen in the capital is 700 MT.”.
Not only Delhi, several states including Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh have been flagging the issue of shortage of oxygen amid an increase in demand for it with a surge in infections.
In order to meet the oxygen demand across the country, the Centre on Sunday banned the supply of oxygen for industrial purposes except in nine specified industries which will come into effect from April 22.
Meanwhile, India record highest spike with 2,61,500 new cases over the last 24 hours.