“State needs 910 MT of liquid oxygen”

Amaravati, May 15:

The Chief Ministry YS Jagan Mohan Reddy in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked him to continue the Oxygen express from Jamnagar, Reliance plant till the case load comes to manageable levels and allocation 910 MT of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) to our State to tide over the crisis.

I wish to bring to your kind notice that AP Government had taken action to add 30,000 more ICU and oxygen beds in view of Covid
pandemic. The present level of case load and hospital admissions itself requires 910 MT of liquid medical oxygen every day.

Mr Jagan wrote “It is to bring to your notice that due to reduced storage at RINL, Visakhapatnam we are able to draw daily production of 100 MT LMO only in place of 170 MT allotted. Similarly, we are facing the problem in getting the allocated quantity from Tamilnadu. This is creating serious emergency situations in various big hospitals in Rayalaseema region.
It was brought to your notice that, on 10th May the LMO supplies from Chennai and Karnataka were delayed by a few hours which led to the unfortunate incident of 11 persons died due to lack of Oxygen in Tirupati.
This shows our dire situation in Rayalaseema region and its dependence on the supplies from Tamilnadu & Karnataka States. However, our request to DPIIT to increase allocations from the two states was not considered.
With such situation in Rayalaseema region, the Oxygen Express from Jamnagar, Reliance plant carrying 80 MT of LMO served us as a life saviour,
in its true sense. It will stabilise the LMO supplies to the Rayalaseema region hospitals for the next 2 days. We are trying our best to lift the stocks from
Orissa using the ISO Containers, but we are not able to meet the demand from Rayalaseema region of AP. In order to meet the LMO demand from
this region, we earnestly request you to continue the Oxygen express from Jamnagar every day with atleast 80 MT of LMO. This will help to stabilise the
situation in Rayalaseema region in view of increased case load.
In view of the above, I request you to direct the concerned authorities to continue the Oxygen express from Jamnagar, Reliance plant
till the case load comes to manageable levels and also request allocation of 910 MT of LMO to our State to tide over the crisis,” he wrote.

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