Maharashtra’s Urban Development Minister Eknath Shinde revealed on Tuesday that the state is set to receive 100 metric tonnes of oxygen from the Jamnagar plant of Reliance Industries in the wake of the rising Covid-19 cases in the country.

Apparently, the demand for oxygen has been skyrocketing in the Mumbai metropolitan region and Pune, subsequently, the state administration has been proactively looking to find solutions to address this crisis.

“The rate of oxygen consumption in the state is increasing as mentioned by the chief minister Uddhav Thackrey. We have made some temporary arrangements wherein we will get 100 MT of oxygen from the Reliance plant in Gujarat,” Shinde was quoted as saying in a report.

The tankers used to carry nitrogen will also be employed to transport oxygen from the plants to the concerned hospitals. Shinde mentioned that every district collector has been asked to conduct an analysis regarding their demands and requirements for oxygen and ensure that its sufficient supply is maintained.

Similarly, the local administration has also been asked to ensure that private establishments supplying oxygen also build up their capacity and storage facilities as soon as possible.

In the meantime, state health officials said that double variant’s role cannot be ruled out in Maharashtra’s second wave. The state is recording over 50,000 new cases every day and has 5.64 lakh active cases, half of India’s Covid burden.

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