Punjab has a 195 MT allocation from numerous crops in different states, however the precise provide obtained over the previous 7 days has been 110-120 MT each day, which has additionally been erratic, the CM famous (Representative picture)
CHANDIGARH: Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday appealed to the Centre for more oxygen tankers to be made obtainable to the state because it didn’t have sufficient tankers to transport the lifesaving fuel.
The chief minister, in a Covid evaluation assembly, mentioned the state urgently wanted more tankers, because it had solely 15 at its disposal in the intervening time, with two more probably to are available by Tuesday. These, he mentioned, weren’t sufficient to deal with the requirement for transporting oxygen provides coming in from different states.
Punjab has a 195 MT allocation from numerous crops in different states, however the precise provide obtained over the previous 7 days has been 110-120 MT each day, which has additionally been erratic, the CM famous. In this era, the variety of sufferers on oxygen assist has gone up from 4,000 to round 9,000. He added although the state authorities’s steps to monitor and streamline provides by means of its management rooms has helped in retaining issues secure, the scenario remained fluid and a matter of concern, he added. The present consumption of oxygen within the state is more than 225MT each day, whereas the common enhance in demand day by day is 15-20%.
Punjab chief secretary Vini Mahajan mentioned within the assembly that as well as to the scarcity of vans obtainable with transporters within the state, the truth that a tanker took 4-5 days to convey 90MT quota allocation from Bokaro plant made issues worse. Unless the state will get more tankers, the scenario may irritate, she added.
In addition to 90 MT from Bokaro, the state’s present allocation is 60MT from a plant in Baddi, 20MT from a plant in Panipat, 15MT from a plant in Roorkee and 10MT from a plant in Dehradun. Around 80 MT is generated each day from the state and steps are being taken to enhance manufacturing on a steady foundation, she mentioned, including that this was not adequate to meet the rising demand.