New Delhi: Asserting the Centre is taking steps to spice up the provision of oxygen to hospitals throughout the nation amid the surge in Covid-19 circumstances, Union Commerce and Industries Minister Piyush Goyal on Sunday mentioned a inexperienced hall is being created to quick the motion of ‘Oxygen Express’ trains to facilitate the graceful transport of oxygen to states.
Goyal mentioned a call has been taken to start out transportation of oxygen cylinders or tankers in trains, including inexperienced corridors will probably be launched to make sure the quick provide of oxygen.
“Except for nine sectors, supply of oxygen for industrial purposes by manufacturers and suppliers will be prohibited from April 22 as a temporary measure. This has been done to ensure adequate supply of oxygen to hospitals,” ANI quoted Goyal as saying.
The Union Minister mentioned India’s each day medical oxygen consumption was round 1,000-1,200 metric tonnes earlier than the Covid pandemic hit the nation.
“But on April 15, 4,795 metric tonnes of medical oxygen was used in the country. We have increased the production capacity in the last one year,” mentioned Goyal.
“After an elaborate meeting with 12 states, the Central Government did mapping along with state governments on various requirements. 6,177 metric tonnes of oxygen has been finalized to be distributed to the states,” he added.
Goyal, nevertheless, mentioned the state governments ought to maintain the demand for medical oxygen below management.
“Demand-side management is as important as supply-side management. Containing Covid spread is the responsibility of state governments and they should fulfil this responsibility,” he added.
This comes as a number of states, together with Maharashtra – worst affected by the pandemic, have sought the Centre’s assist for oxygen cylinders for Covid sufferers.