Delhi: Delhi government on Tuesday was asked to take
over an oxygen refilling plant by the Delhi High Court. The decision was asked
to be implemented by immediate effect. The court also added that the situation
should be managed well or it will ask the central government to deploy officers
to take over.
Systems have collapsed and strict measures
need to be taken in order to ensure that basic medical facilities like Oxygen
cylinders should be available at minimal cost for the patients, the court
added. Delhi has been facing acute shortages of Oxygen cylinders and people
have been buying them for way expensive rates due to black marketing and
hoarding. The court also asked to arrest
anyone who is hoarding oxygen cylinders and said that they should not be
allowed to play with the lives of people.
The court also ridiculed the refilling
plant officials for not being present in the court proceedings. The Delhi
government hasn't been able to issue proper instructions to the refilling
plants, the court stated.
The court then went on to ask the Delhi
government to send its officials to these refilling plants to take over and get
things under control if needed.
The proceedings were led by a bench of two
justices, Rekha Pillai and Vipin Sanghi. The court had to intervene after
several hospitals in Delhi filed cases in the High Court against the Delhi
government as they were not being able to provide medical support like Oxygen
cylinders and Remdesivir.
The Delhi Courts stringent criticism comes
after the significant surge in covid
cases in the national capital. People have lost their lives due to lack of
oxygen and the government hasn't been able to do anything much regarding the
Major hospitals like Maharaja Agrasen
Hospital, Venkateshwara Hospital and St. Stephen's Hospital have stated that
their reserves of oxygen would last for long and would risk the lives of the
patients if they do not get the medical support from the government at the