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“Can Lead To Major Crisis”: Tamil Nadu’s EPS To PM On Diversion Of Oxygen

Tamil Nadu’s lively caseload has elevated to over a lakh, E Palaniswami mentioned. (File picture)

New Delhi:

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami, in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi right now, requested for instant cancellation of oxygen provide from its vegetation to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in view of the rising variety of lively circumstances within the state.

Tamil Nadu, Mr Palaniswami mentioned, is witnessing excessive degree of oxygen dependent lively circumstances, resulting in requirement of 450 metric tonnes (MTs) which is above the state’s manufacturing capability of 400 MTs. Eighty metric tonnes of liquid oxygen has been diverted to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and this must be halted in view of improve in oxygen demand, he mentioned.

“As compared to the maximum active case number of around 58,000 during the previous surge in 2020, the active caseload has increased to over a lakh today,” he mentioned.

Mr Palaniswami mentioned that the state has been wrongly allotted lesser quota regardless of excessive variety of lively circumstances. “The consumption of oxygen in Tamil Nadu has already reached 310 MTs as against the inadequate allotment made to the state of only 220 MTs,” he mentioned referring to information printed by Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisations.

“The latest National Medical Oxygen allotment plan allocation for Tamil Nadu has been fixed at 220 MTs and based on the wrong allotment, 80 MTs of liquid oxygen has been diverted from the manufacturing facilities located in Sriperumpudur to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. This is based on the wrong position that the existing oxygen consumption in Tamil Nadu is lower than the manufacturing capacity,” he mentioned within the letter.

“Also the states to which the allotment has been made have lower number of active cases than us also have major steel industries located within the states/close to their states. Hence the diversion from Sriperumpudur plant which supplies to Chennai city with the second biggest caseload in South India seems to have no justification,” he added.

Though Tamil Nadu by no means imposed any restrictions up to now and is all the time able to assist different States, such necessary diversion of liquid oxygen from the state “can lead to major crisis” in Chennai and different districts, he mentioned.

“Hence, I request that diversion of 80 KL (Kilo Litres) from Sriperumbudur plant, in Tamil Nadu may immediately be cancelled,” he wrote.

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