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Today, the Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal said that the state government can bring oxygen from far away states like Odisha and West Bengal through flights to mitigate the loss of time. Also, he outlined this to combat the shortages of oxygen in the hospitals for which road transports can be avoided.

The oxygen shortage has led to transporting of oxygen via air in the country’s capital. According to the address, the Capital is in need of a 700MT oxygen supply.  

Addressing the media on the current crisis, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed gratitude and thanked the Centre for increasing the city’s quota of oxygen from 378 metric tonnes (MT) to 480MT. 

“Delhi doesn’t produce oxygen; it sources from plants in other states. The Centre decides the businesses from which we get oxygen. The revised quota that the Centre has allotted to us, a considerable part of it’s to come back from Odisha. But it’ll take several days to bring oxygen from Odisha to Delhi by road. We are exploring if bringing oxygen from there by air is feasible. We try for that,” Kejriwal said.  

The address came after the Delhi High Court lashed out at the Central Government to curb the oxygen need in the national capital at any costs and to ensure that six Max hospitals in Delhi are urgently supplied oxygen. 

The Chief Minister stated that they are trying their level best to ramp up the health infrastructure of the capital during this 6-day lockdown which will end at 5 AM on Monday. 

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