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Odisha invokes ESMA to ensure hassle-free medical oxygen supply

Odisha invokes ESMA to ensure hassle-free medical oxygen supply
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Bhubaneswar, Apr 28 (PTI) In an effort to ensure

smooth supply of medical oxygen to hospitals for treatment of

COVID-19 patients across the country, the Odisha government on

Wednesday imposed the Essential Services (Maintenance) Act,

1988, prohibiting possible strikes by service providers.

The Home Department in an order said, it will remain

in force for six months, an official said.

"In the interest of public, it is necessary to

prohibit strikes in the services of manufacturing, filling and

transportation /distribution of liquid medical oxygen during

the current COVID-19 pandemic situation for the purpose of

ensuring smooth manufacture, filling and transportation /

distribution of liquid medical oxygen in the state of Odisha

and to avoid any hindrance/dislocation in such services," the

order said.

At least 112 tankers containing 2,112 metric tonnes of

liquid medical oxygen have been sent to eight states from

Odisha so far, ADG (law and order) of Odisha Police YK Jethwa

said.

Odisha''s response came soon after Chief MInister

Naveen Patnaik had spoken to Prime Minister Narenra Modi and

some of his counterparts and offered them help.

Odisha has been sending cryogenic oxygen tankers to

neighbouring Andhra Pradesh (38), Telangana (27), Tamil Nadu

(2), Haryana (8), Maharashtra (6), Madhya Pradesh (17),

Chhattisgarh (5), and Uttar Pradesh (9) as these states are

grappling with acute shortage of the gas for the treatment of

coronavirus patients, Jethwa, who is supervising the supply,

said.

The highest number of 47 oxygen tankers have been

moved from Rourkela, followed by Jajpur (33), Angul (18), and

Dhenkanal (14), the official said.

Jethwa said, arrangements have been made to fill empty

cylinders and a special corridor has been formed for the

smooth movement of the oxygen tankers.

Meanwhile, East Coast Railway (ECoR) said that Oxygen

Express trains have so far transported 510 MT of oxygen to

Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Delhi, and Madhya Pradesh.

The Haryana government has also requested the Railways

for Oxygen Express trains.

Currently, tankers are being loaded in Faridabad,

which will be sent for filling to Rourkela.

As of now, it is being planned that two Oxygen Express

trains with five tankers each will be run specifically for

Haryana, an official of the ECoR said.

Madhya Pradesh received its first Oxygen Express

carrying more than 64 MT of liquid medical oxygen on Wednesday

morning.

These tankers were unloaded at various locations in

Madhya Pradesh like Jabalpur (1 tanker), Bhopal (2 tankers),

and Sagar (3 tankers), officials said. PTI COR AAM

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Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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