Chief secretary Sitaram Kunte
MUMBAI: Chief secretary Sitaram Kunte wrote to Union cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba demanding at least 200MT more liquid oxygen for Maharashtra as 16 districts saw continuous rise in Covid cases.
Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, at an online programme, said the state was planning to generate 1,500MT oxygen, whereas minister for public health Rajesh Tope said the state had decided to make every district self-reliant in generating medical oxygen.
Kunte pointed out that the state has 6,63,758 active cases, of which 78,884 are on medical oxygen, including 24,787 in ICU. The allocation of the state must be enhanced by at least 200MT, stated Kunte.
He mentioned that Maharashtra continues to face the onslaught of the second wave. Moreover, 16 districts such as Palghar, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur, Solapur, Nandurbar, Beed, Parbhani, Hingoli, Amravati, Buldhana, Wardha, Gadchiroli and Chandrapur are showing continuous growth in cases and need adequate oxygen.
The Centre said 1,814MT had been allocated to Maharashtra, and the state received 1,650MT.
He said the Centre was getting tankers from Singapore, Dubai and other countries, besides oil companies.