New Delhi, May 6 (ILNS) The Supreme Court today reiterated its earlier suggestion of creating a buffer stock of oxygen, so that the supply of the most important gas remains sufficient for COVID-19 patients.
The Bench of Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice MR Shah were hearing the contempt proceeding, which arose by the order of the Delhi High Court, ordering Centre to give adequate supply of oxygen to Delhi.
Central government office Sumita Dawra said: There is overall scarcity of containers. We are importing the containers from abroad. Delhi has received 730 Mts of oxygen yesterday. In some states, the cases are decreasing and therefore, those states should release the tankers.
Justice MR Shah: “But, there is also increase in case some other cases. The increase is more than decrease of active cases
Justice Chandrachud: The storage capacity in Delhi is 650 Mts. How much oxygen is there in the storage facility in Delhi?
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, said: This is an ongoing process, The storage facility does not remain filled or empty always.
Justice Shah: If buffer stock will be there, then their will be no scarcity of oxygen. In earlier order of our also, we have directed that there should be a buffer stock.
Ms Dawra: Out of 478 MTs of storage of hospitals, they are using 230 Mts in a day. Therefore, they can use this 478 Mts for two days
Justice Chandrachud: But you should refill the storage facility in hospitals, so that there is no shortage of oxygen.
SG: Either there is some lacuna in the supply of Central Government or State Government, hence there is need for oxygen audit. ILNS/ABV/RJ