The oxygen meant for industrial purposes will now be used for critical COVID-19 patients.
A government letter to the chief secretaries of all the states declares the order.
The decision comes in the wake of the deadly second wave of COVID-19. As the government now aims at plugging the oxygen gap in India.
The high-burden states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan are seeing a dearth of adequate oxygen cylinders.
The toll is so heavy that COVID-19 patients are dying due to oxygen shortage. There is a dearth of sufficient hospital beds also.
Amid the surge in COVID-19 cases in India, there is an urgent demand for medical oxygen. Reports of a shortage of medical oxygen from many states and UTs has led the government to go for this step.
Furthermore, some nine industries have been exempted from this prohibition. The Railways will also run ‘Oxygen Express’ to transport liquid medical oxygen and oxygen cylinders across India. Moreover, a Green Corridor will also come into being for the fast movement of these trains.
Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani has also been sending oxygen from his refineries to help the critical COVID-19 patients of Maharashtra.
Maharashtra is the worst-hit state by the COVID-19 outbreak. Currently, India is facing the worst of the second wave of coronavirus. The rising cases have led respective states to go for lockdowns and curfews once again.