New Delhi: In the wake of the ongoing shortage of oxygen in the national capital, officers of the Delhi Government did a meeting with the media on Sunday. The topic of discussion of the meeting was shortage of oxygen in Delhi and how to tackle it. Ankur Garg, Commissioner of Transport informed that an Oxygen Express has arrived in Delhi on Sunday which contains 120 MT liquid medical oxygen. DIP Director Manoj Kumar Dwivedi along with Abhishek Harit and Sharad Malhotra were a part of the meeting.
It was informed in the meeting that a team has been prepared to keep a check on the Covid-19 situation in Delhi. The Delhi government has made a team of seven IAS officers to look after the emergency situations and to make sure that hospitals and other organisations have ample supply of oxygen.
It was also told in the meeting that the Home Ministry is in close contact with the officers of Delhi government to make sure the sufficient supply of oxygen in the national capital. There are some logistic challenges in transporting oxygen to Delhi from different parts of the country as Delhi doesn’t have its own sources of producing oxygen. The officers are looking into this operation.
Also, to maintain the supply of oxygen in Delhi as per the orders of the High court, a Delhi government officer has taken control of an oxygen plant in Faridabad. A call centre and a team has also been made to keep a check on oxygen SOS. It was also informed that Delhi will get 5 tankers from IOCL. Apart from this, 11 District Magistrates have been given the power to ensure distribution of oxygen in their respective districts.
The situation doesn't seem to be improving in Delhi. When CitySpidey talked to Ravi Jaitley, General Secretary, Senior's Hub Dwarka, about his views on the steps taken by the government, he said, “We recieve the circulars and advisories issued by the government in our groups. However, the helpline numbers that are provided in those documents are most of the times not reachable or switched off. There is no way a common man can reach out to authorities in times of need for an oxygen cylinder or anything else. There is a miscommunication between the government and the citizens.”