After controversy over oxygen supply, PM calls Haryana CM to take stock of situation

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After controversy over oxygen supply, PM calls Haryana CM to take stock of situation

Friday, 23 April 2021 | PNS | Chandigarh

After an entire day of blame game between Delhi and Haryana Governments over stopping the supply of medical oxygen on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had directed Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal to ensure that allocated quota of oxygen from the state is supplied to other States.

Confirming the development, the Chief Minister told the mediapersons here that the Prime Minister had called on Wednesday evening and had expressed concern over the entire controversy related to medical oxygen supply.

Considering the critical situation across the country, the PM said that everyone has to rise above their own interest, Khattar added giving details about the phone conversation.  

I have assured him to supply the allocated quota of medical oxygen to other states. At the same time, I have raised the issue that Haryana itself is not getting their allocated quota from other states, the Chief Minister added.

Home-cum-Health Minister Anil Vij had on Wednesday alleged that a tanker carrying medical oxygen for COVID patients in hospitals, which was going from Panipat to Faridabad, was looted by the Delhi Govt. On the other hand, Delhi’s Deputy CM Manish Sisodia had alleged that an oxygen tanker was held up at the Delhi-Haryana border in Faridabad by a government official and resumed its journey only after intervention by the Central Government.

After the controversy erupted between the two neighboring states over the supply of medical oxygen, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had issued fresh orders and Haryana was allocated 162 MT per day from various sources within and outside the state.

Meanwhile, Khattar said that we did not get our allocated quota of medical oxygen from Bhiwadi, Rajasthan and we will raise the issue with their Chief Minister.

He further said that adequate arrangements have been made in the state to ensure uninterrupted supply of medicines, oxygen and other facilities to the patients suffering from COVID-19 infection.

“A roster has been prepared for the filling of oxygen cylinders and then loading these cylinders in the trucks from Panipat Oxygen Plant. From now on, one truck will be loaded for Haryana and one truck each for Delhi and Punjab.  This entire process at Panipat plant is being closely monitored by me,: he added.

Khattar said that 140 Metric Tonnes of oxygen is being supplied as allocated to Delhi from 10 pm to 6 am from the Panipat Plant. I have also received a call from Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal who has expressed satisfaction for the supply of oxygen from the plant, he said.

The CM further informed that the Panipat plant has a capacity of producing 260 MT  of oxygen per day, out of which 140 MT  is supplied to Delhi,  80  MT is supplied to  Haryana and about  20  MT is for Punjab. Haryana is allocated 162 MT per day from various sources within and outside the state. 80 MT from Air Liquide Panipat, 7 MT from Jindal Steel Ltd Hisar and 20 MT from Inox Brotiwala,  25 MT medical oxygen from Air Liquide Roorkee, 20 MT from Inox Bhiwadi and 10 MT from MSME ASU is allocated to Haryana, as per Centre’s order.

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