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IIT, IIMs will better distribute oxygen: Delhi HC raps Centre, asks about Army deployment

India Today logo India Today 5 days ago Nalini Sharma
a group of police officers riding on the back of a truck: Delhi HC on oxygen shortage Delhi HC on oxygen shortage

The Delhi High Court once again pulled up the Centre on Tuesday over the ongoing oxygen crisis in the capital and said IITs and IIMs will do a better job with oxygen distribution than the Centre.

The court also sought to know what are the plans of the Centre to deploy the Army to deal with the acute Covid-19 crisis across the country.

The rap came after the Delhi government on Tuesday presented statistics before the Delhi High Court to say that there are enough oxygen and oxygen cylinders, which are not being distributed properly.

The Delhi government said, "Allocated oxygen is 1/3rd of what the tankers can transport since the total capacity of all tankers (cryogenic, nitrogen and argon tankers) is 1600+ MT."

"This shows there is absolutely no dearth of oxygen tankers to carry 8608 MT of oxygen throughout the country. We clearly have the tankers," argued the Delhi government. It further added, "We don't only have surplus oxygen, we also have surplus oxygen tankers."

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The Centre took objection to Delhi government's submissions, but the HC refused to agree with the Centre's stand.

The high court pulled up the Centre and said, "The facts and figures presented by the Delhi government are a matter of fact. You should hand over the distribution of oxygen tankers to an IIT or an IIM. They'll do a much better job."

"The point is that Supreme Court has said that Delhi must get 700 MT, so it must get it. It's your responsibility," said the court.

While the Centre said it has supplied Delhi with 433 MT oxygen on Monday night, the Delhi government said it is not enough. "Even with 420 MT people are dying," said Delhi.

To this, the Centre called it a "rhetoric". The court took strong objection to the Centre referring to the deaths as a "rhetoric". The court asked, "How can you be so insensitive? Is this merely rhetoric? How can you say this? It's highly unfortunate."

The Centre also informed the court that 12 tankers carrying oxygen on their way to Delhi.

Court asks about Army deployment

The high court once again pressed on the need to deploy the Indian Army to handle the Covid crisis.

The court asked the Centre, "Nobody is doubting that you are doing everything. But sometimes you need to act on the ideas that are being presented. If you're not agreeable to deploying the Army, then please spell out the reasons."

The Centre replied, "The matter is being looked into at the highest level." However, the court said that it has been over 48 hours since the court suggested Army deployment.

In regard to deployment of the Indian Army to facilitate Covid-19 management in Delhi, the Centre said it is shortly expecting "instructions in writing".

ICMR must put out informative videos on Covid-19: Court

The high court also asked the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) to circulate information on use of oxygen concentrators and oxygen cylinders using video clips.

"People should also be informed about the symptoms that they should expect and how to deal with them; when they should get hospitalised; and what precautions they should take. This needs to be communicated by the ICMR so that people have some reliable information. There is a lot of misinformation out there," the court said.

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