New Delhi: Amid an exponential surge in coronavirus cases, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the national capital is facing an “acute shortage” of oxygen for COVID-19 patients and other states like Haryana are blocking the supply of O2. Speaking during the meeting (that was live on TV) with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, CM Kejriwal asked, “Will the people of Delhi not get oxygen if there is no oxygen-producing plant here?”Also Read - There Will Be A Sensation In Country: KCR After Meeting Arvind Kejriwal, Akhilesh Yadav In Delhi
“There’s a huge shortage of oxygen in Delhi. Please suggest whom should I speak to in Central government when an oxygen tanker destined for Delhi is stopped in another state?” Kejriwal asked during the meeting. Furthermore, the Delhi Chief Minister urged Modi to facilitate the airlifting of oxygen from West Bengal and Odisha to resolve the shortage in Delhi Hospitals. Also Read - What Will Be The Prices Of Petrol, Diesel In Delhi, Mumbai, Other Cities After Reduction in Excise Duty
“Sir, please, do make a phone call to the Chief Minister of the state where maximum trucks (tankers carrying oxygen) are being stopped so oxygen can reach Delhi.” Also Read - Delhi Water Crisis: Yamuna River 'Almost Dry', Heatwave Makes Things Worse | Top Points
Furthermore, he stated that states should get vaccines at the same rate at which the central government is procuring vaccines from manufacturers.
Govt Sources Slam Kejriwal
Government sources accused Kejriwal of “descending to a new low”. “For the first time, private conversations of PMs meeting with CM was televised. His entire speech was not meant for any solution but for playing politics and evade responsibility”, news agency ANI quoted govt sources as saying,
“He raised the point of airlifting oxygen but did not know that it is already being done. He spoke about Oxygen express by Railways but Railway sources say that he has not communicated anything about it to Railways”, sources added.
They claimed that Kejriwal used the PM-CM conference on Covid as a platform to play politics. “He chose to spread lies on vaccine prices despite knowing that Centre does not keep one vaccine dose with itself and shares with states only.”
Hospitals in Delhi Gasp For Oxygen
Several private and government hospitals have informed the state government about the oxygen stock for Covid patients. Not only the hospitals but the state government too, including CM Kejriwal have been raising the issue of oxygen shortage.
Lacking its own resources of oxygen, the state government amid a flood of complaints of oxygen shortage continued to knock on the Centre’s door for beds and now for oxygen supply.
As per the Delhi Government, the Centre has increased Delhi’s oxygen quota from 378 MT to 480 MT. However, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday during a press conference said, “On Wednesday, hospitals in Delhi faced a crisis because out of the 378 MT oxygen sanctioned to Delhi by the Centre, only 177 MT was received. The UP government did not allow oxygen loaded trucks to enter an oxygen plant there, which resulted in an emergency situation in many hospitals in Delhi.”