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Importing 18 oxygen tankers from Bangkok, 21 plants from France: Kejriwal

New Delhi, Apr 27 (MNN) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday that his government had decided to import 18 oxygen tankers from Bangkok in the wake of shortage of vehicles in the national capital and also 21 oxygen plants from France.

The tankers would start reaching Delhi from Wednesday.

“We were facing difficulty in getting the oxygen quota allotted by the Centre due to shortage of tankers. The Delhi government decided to import 18 tankers from Bangkok… We have urged the Centre to provide IAF planes. The response has been constructive. Talks are on and we hope the talks will be successful. Once these tankers arrive in Delhi, the problem in transporting oxygen will be sorted out.”

Kejriwal also said that 21 oxygen plants coming from France were ready to use and set up in different Delhi hospitals to do away with oxygen shortage.

“In the next one month, Delhi will set up 44 oxygen plants. Of these, 8 will be set up by the Centre…. There were some delays, but hopefully these eight will be up by April 30. The other 36 will be set up in other hospitals by the Delhi government in the next one month,” he said.

On three days last week, there was scramble for oxygen and feared deaths due to this reason, Kejriwal said, adding that the situation had since improved in the last several days.

He said that his government had held talks with central officials to redress the situation.

The Chief Minister revealed that the Centre too was importing tankers and had given five tankers to the Delhi government to transport medical oxygen used to treat coronavirus patients.

He said that there was shortage of ICU beds in Delhi. “The DRDO had set up 500-bed facility near the airport. They were taken up within hours of opening of the facility,’ he pointed out.

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