Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, May 3
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday appealed to the Centre for more Oxygen tankers to be made out there to the state, which didn’t have sufficient tankers to transport the essential commodity for saving lives of significantly in poor health Covid sufferers.
The Chief Minister, on the Covid evaluation assembly, stated the state urgently want more tankers, because it presently had solely 15 at its disposal, with two more seemingly to are available in by tomorrow. These, he stated, weren’t sufficient to deal with the requirement for transporting the Oxygen provides coming in from different states.
Punjab has a 195 MT allocation from numerous vegetation in different states, however the precise provide acquired over the previous 7 days has been round 110-120 MT day by day, which has additionally been erratic, the Chief Minister famous. In this era, the variety of sufferers on Oxygen assist has gone up from 4,000 to round 9,000, and although the state authorities’s steps to monitor and streamline provides via its controls rooms has helped in protecting issues secure, the state of affairs stays fluid and a matter of concern, he added.
The present consumption of oxygen within the state is more than 225 MT day by day, whereas the common enhance in demand daily is round 15-20%.
Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan instructed the assembly that as well as to the scarcity of vans out there with transporters within the state, the truth that a tanker takes round 4-5 days to carry the 90 MT quota allocation from Bokaro plant has made issues worse. Unless the state will get more tankers, the state of affairs might worsen, she added.
In addition to 90 MT from Bokaro, the state’s present allocation is: 60 MT from plant in Baddi, 20 MT from plant in Panipat, 15 MT from plant in Roorkee and 10 MT from plant in Dehradun. Besides, round 80 MT is generated day by day from the state ASUs & native PSA, and steps are being taken to enhance manufacturing on a steady foundation, she stated, including, nevertheless, that this was not ample to meet the growing demand.
Medical Education Minister OP Soni stated more oxygen cylinders have been additionally wanted at Government hospitals to meet the growing requirement.