Each metro must have 100 MT oxygen storage: SC appointed NTF report
All 18 metro cities of India have to be made oxygen-independent, with at least 100 MT storage in each of them, the Supreme Court-appointed National Task Force (NTF) has recommended.
There should be a strategy to manufacture oxygen locally or in the neighbourhood of big cities to fulfil at least 50% of their Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) demand as road transportation of liquid Oxygen is vulnerable.
“This may be taken up in respect of Delhi and Mumbai on priority, due to their high population density,” the NTF report said.
The NTF highlighted the need to make efforts to further scale up LMO production in preparation for a third wave of the pandemic which may hit in october.
“We should have strategic reserves of oxygen for country to cover two-three weeks’ consumption, pretty much similar to the arrangement made for petroleum products. Similarly, all hospitals should have a buffer capacity for emergencies,” the report mentioned.
The NTF was formed in early May during the peak days of the second wave of the covid-19 pandemic, which claimed many lives. It also saw an oxygen supply crunch and lapses in distribution that led to deaths of many of the citizens, especially in the National Capital Region.
The report said, “There is an urgent need to augment the production of LMO from about 5% - 8% of gaseous industrial oxygen. The government should also support and subsidise the industries concerned with the same”.
The report, given to the government, is annexed to an affidavit filed by the Health Ministry in the Apex Court.