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Punjab CM writes to Modi, Shah for 50 MT additional oxygen allocation and 20 more tankers

Press Reporter News Service

Chandigarh, Might 4

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday sought the quick intervention of each, the Prime Minister and the Union Residence Minister, to make sure uninterrupted provide of medical oxygen to the state, together with further allocation of 50 MT LMO from a close-by supply and 20 further tankers (ideally conducive to rail journey) for well timed evacuation of LMO from Bokaro.

The Chief Minister despatched out separate letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Residence Minister Amit Shah, because the variety of Covid sufferers on various ranges of oxygen assist within the state went as much as 10,000.

Expressing deep concern over the approaching lack of lives because of oxygen scarcity throughout the state, the Chief Minister mentioned with mounting caseload, he was unable to extend Degree 2 and Degree three beds because of oxygen availability constraints.

The state was dealing with the prospect of scarcity of oxygen beds, he mentioned, stating that the Authorities of India had expressed its lack of ability to even enable Punjab’s native business to undertake industrial import of LMO from Pakistan by way of the Wagah-Attari border, which is geographically proximate. Additional, regardless of assurance that “enough provide could be ensured to us from alternate sources.  I remorse to level out that this has not occurred,” mentioned Amarinder.

The whole allocation of LMO from exterior the state is at present 195 MT, of which 90 MT is from Bokaro in jap India. The stability 105 MT comes from LMO services in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Nonetheless, Punjab just isn’t getting its every day allotted quota, mentioned the Chief Minister. The present backlog for Punjab from these LMO services is 5.6 MT from Panipat (Haryana), 100 MT from Sela Qui, Dehradun (Uttarakhand) and 10 MT from Roorkee, he added.

Declaring that Punjab had now been given to know by the Centre that there could be possible disruption of LMO provide from as we speak from Panipat and Barotiwala, the Chief Minister mentioned this is able to trigger nice stress on the already restricted oxygen availability within the state, thus inflicting a medical emergency, together with threat of lack of life for the big variety of sufferers who’re in important situation and on common oxygen assist. The disruption ought to be averted, he mentioned, including that, if crucial, the state should be compensated instantly from a close-by further supply.

Referring to the scarcity of tankers, the Chief Minister mentioned the state was airlifting two empty tankers every day to Ranchi, with the crammed tankers returning by street from Bokaro on a 48-50 hours journey. The Chief Minister mentioned that the state authorities had already requested the GoI to allocate 20 further tankers (conducive to rail journey) to permit for normal evacuation of 90 MT LMO from Bokaro every day, however had been advised that solely two could be offered, and even these had been but to come back.

He urged the Prime Minister and the Residence Minister to step in instantly to assist resolve the main disaster.

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