Diversion of oxygen supplies needs to be halted: EPS writes to PM

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami, in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, requested for immediate cancellation of oxygen supply from its plants to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in view of the rising number of active cases in the state.

“The State is taking all efforts to reduce the positive cases but considering the current trends, the State would require 450 MTs shortly which would be more than our production capacity of 400 MTs,” the CM wrote.

He points out that in the latest National Medical Oxygen allotment plan, the allocation for Tamil Nadu has been fixed at 220 MTs (Metric Tonnes). He claims that this allotment is wrong and based on this allotment, 80 MTs of liquid oxygen has been diverted from the manufacturing facilities located at Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu 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. As per Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisations (PESO) data, 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 adds.

The Chief Minister has highlighted the fact that the states to which the oxygen supplies are diverted have a lower caseload when compared to Tamil Nadu. Adding to that, they have major steel plants in close proximity. “ Hence, the diversion from Sriperumbudur plant which supplies to Chennai City with the second biggest caseload in South India seems to have no justification. This needs to be immediately corrected,” The CM demanded.

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