SC asks Centre to fulfill Delhi’s Oxygen demand by midnight

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has directed the Union government to make Delhi’s oxygen demand meet by the midnight of May 3. The order came hours after as many as five hospitals sent SOS messages regarding their decreasing Oxygen stock. 

The Apex court also directed the centre to work with state governments to create a buffer stock of oxygen to be used for emergency purposes, and decentralise locations of these reserves.

The court also kept a note of details regarding allocations, demand, projected demand, and actual daily dispatches of liquid medical oxygen and said it “accepts the submissions” by the solicitor general to ensure the national capital is supplied with oxygen adequately as per its “projected demands.”

“We accept his submission and direct compliance within 2 days from the date of the hearing, that is, on or before midnight of 3 May 2021,” the order said.

On Saturday, the Delhi High Court had also warned the Centre to ensure the city received its quota of oxygen as even the top hospitals of the city reported high rise in number of deaths amid the shortage. 

“Enough is enough. No one is asking for more than allocated. If you can’t supply the allocation today, we will see your explanation on Monday,” the High Court said.

Delhi on Monday reported over 20,000 new Covid cases and over 400 deaths. The active caseload in the city is now a little over 96,000. 

Delhi government officials said the Capital’s oxygen demand has risen further. “Delhi needs 976 MT oxygen per day. On the other hand, the allocation is only 590 MT. We have already requested the central government to increase the allotment to 976 MT, and to preferably do it from nearby oxygen plants to reduce the supply time. We are not even getting what has been allotted to us. We are doing our best to manage with whatever oxygen we are getting on a daily basis,” said a spokesperson.

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