With the spike in the cases, recently Delhi faced with the worst of tragedy with the several people losing their lives due to no oxygen supply. With this the Centre has come up with claim that the country has an adequate supply of medical oxygen, but the problem is getting it from producing states to high-demand areas, which the government is attempting to address, according to the Home Ministry on Monday.
Piyush Goyal, Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, also stated that the turnaround time of oxygen-carrying tankers has been reduced from 4-5 days to 1-2 hours by using Indian Air Force transport aircraft that have been ferrying empty tankers.
“We have a sufficient supply of oxygen. The issue is transportation, which we are attempting to resolve through the active participation of all stakeholders ” Goyal stated.
“There is absolutely no need to panic for oxygen as we are trying to resolve the issue of oxygen transportation from the producing states to high demand areas,” he said, despite rising demand for the gas in the country due to an increase in coronavirus cases.
The coronavirus situation in India remains dire, with 3,52,991 people testing positive and a total of 2,812 deaths reported on Monday.