Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday reiterated that there is a major shortage of oxygen in the national capital. Kejriwal said, “SOS is coming from all hospitals. We’ve spoken in courts and written to the Centre that Delhi requires 976 tons of oxygen daily but we’ve been allotted only 490 tons of oxygen. Yesterday we received only 312 tons. How will this work?”.
CM Kejriwal further claimed that his government prepared 5,000 beds at Radha Soami Centre but only 150 are functional due to oxygen shortage.
“Prepared 1,300 beds at Commonwealth Games and Yamuna Sports Complex, and 2,500 beds in Burari. If we get oxygen today, there will be 9,000 oxygenated beds in Delhi within 24 hours,” Kejriwal said.
He urged all the decision-makers to provide oxygen to Delhi.
Yesterday, Delhi’s deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also said in a tweet that his government reviewed the status of oxygen supply in hospitals. “The crisis persists and shall continue till we get sufficient quantity of supply,” Sisodia wrote.
He further wrote, “Not for a single day has Delhi been able to receive the allocated quantity of 490 MT oxygen. Every day is an SOS situation for Delhi”.
On Saturday, 12 patients died at Delhi’s Batra Hospital after it ran out of oxygen. The dead included a doctor serving at the hospital.
“Enough is enough,” the court said, taking note of the incident at Batra Hospital.
It questioned the Centre about why four oxygen tankers, meant for Delhi, have not yet been released by Rajasthan government despite orders.
In a terse indictment of the Centre, the court said, “Do you mean we will shut our eyes to people dying in Delhi?”
Hospitals across the national capital had sent out SOS messages last week about depleting supplies of oxygen.
The Delhi government has maintained that the city is not getting its allocated quantity of the life-saving gas.