Delhi looking to airlift oxygen supplies from Odisha to meet high demand: Kejriwal

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi (NVI): Amid shortage of medical oxygen supplies in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said that his government is exploring options to airlift oxygen supplies from Odisha to cut travel time.

In a tweet, the Delhi CM mentioned that he received a call from Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik who has assured him complete support.

“Recd a call from Sh Naveen Patnaik ji. He has assured complete support to Delhi in facilitating lifting of Delhi’s quota of oxygen from Orissa. He has put a spl officer on the job. Thank u sooo much Sir. Delhi is indeed grateful,” Kejriwal tweeted.

While addressing a virtual press briefing here, Kejriwal said that there are reports of Covid patients dying or vulnerable due to shortage of oxygen supplies in the national capital. He said the hospitals in the city are already packed and some of them have only a few hours of oxygen left.

He said the Delhi government is working 24X7 to make sure that there is no shortage of oxygen while urging people and states to work together against the pandemic situation.

He said that the Central government fixes oxygen quota for all states. “As per Delhi government’s estimate, it needs 700 tons of oxygen per day. Centre had fixed it to 378 tons earlier and increased it to 480 tons yesterday. We need more but we’re thankful to them for this,” he said.

Yesterday, the Delhi CM had thanked the Centre for raising Delhi’s oxygen quota amid acute crisis.