Amid COVID crisis, Odisha to provide oxygen to Delhi

New Delhi: Amid severe oxygen crisis in hospitals due to staggering surge of COVID-19 in the national capital, Odisha will provide additional oxygen to Delhi for COVID patients.

The additional oxygen will be supplied to Delhi from Odisha by airways, informed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a video message today.

The Centre has increased Delhi’s oxygen quota from 378 MT to 480 MT. However, Delhi Government sought 700 MT per day for its current need.

“In our increased quota, Oxygen is scheduled to come from Odisha too. It will take some time for oxygen to reach Delhi. We are making an effort to bring oxygen from Odisha by airways,” the CM said.

He expressed gratitude to his Odisha counterpart for support in the time of crisis.

He said that Delhi is facing oxygen crisis for a past few days. In view of huge requirements of oxygen, the Centre has expanded the oxygen quota from 378 MT for Delhi. As Delhi does not produce oxygen, the Union Territory sought cooperation of other states for the same.

Expressing concern over worsening COVID situation in the country, Kejriwal said that Delhi is clocking more than 24,000 positive cases everyday with hundreds of patients admitted to hospitals.

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