Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has said that at least three Oxygen Express trains have arrived in the National Capital Region with significant gas today. Trains arrived until a day after the Delhi High Court expressed its anger over the central government’s failure to implement its order to ensure that the city gets a quota of oxygen.
Mr. Goyal tweeted this morning, “OxygenExpress has reached Delhi Cantt from Hapur in Gujarat, where Kovid-19 has arrived through the Green Corridor to provide a continuous supply of oxygen to the patients.
He also tweeted about another train that comes from Mundhra, Gujarat.
#OxygenExpress Filled oxygen tankers have reached Delhi, moving rapidly through the Green Corridor from Mundra, Gujarat.
This will ensure smooth supply of oxygen for COVID-19 patients in Delhi. pic.twitter.com/fyEHVheNEK
– Piyush Goyal (@Piyushgoyal) 5 May, 2021
In a third tweet, he posted a video of the Oxygen Express arriving from Tatanagar in Jamshedpur.
One such train, this time, arrived in a short time from Angul in Odisha with 30 tonnes of oxygen last evening. Oxygen Express trains have been rolled out across the country to ensure an emergency supply of critical gas following the deadly second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Such is the situation that scores of patients have died – at least 40 in Delhi alone – due to an inability to provide timely oxygen to hospitals in recent times.
The Delhi High Court on Saturday ordered the Center to ensure that the national capital gets its oxygen quota tonight.
The court said yesterday, “Enough is enough. We will take ‘No’ in relation to the supply of oxygen. There is no way that you will not supply 700 metric tons of oxygen immediately.”
“You can bury your head in the sand like an ostrich, we won’t … are you living in an ivory tower?” The judges said that the Supreme Court had ordered the Center to provide 700 metric tons of oxygen to Delhi and not just 490 metric tons.