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Oxygen availability in Tamil Nadu critical, CM Stalin writes to PM Modi

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting an immediate supply of additional medical oxygen, in line with what was agreed in government meetings held on May 1 and May 2. The letter mentions that Tamil Nadu is facing a looming oxygen crisis and that the requirement for medical oxygen is projected to go from the current 440 MT to 840 MT.

Referring to the National Oxygen Plan, Stalin says that only 220 MT was allocated for Tamil Nadu, following which the officials had requested DPIIT (on May 1 and May 2) for an immediate supply. He added that despite DPITT having agreed to provide 476MT of medical oxygen, such an order has not been issued.

The letter which was released to the media also adds that revised allotment orders for nearly 220MTs of medical oxygen from sources in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Rourkela are awaited.

Besides mentioning the death of 13 patients at the Chengalpattu Government hospital near Chennai a few days back, Stalin also requested the Central Government to provide at least 20 ISO Cryogenic Containers and trains to transport oxygen to Tamil Nadu.

On Friday, Tamil Nadu witnessed 26,465 new Covid-19 cases, 22.381 recoveries, thus taking the active cases to 1,35,355. 197 deaths were recorded over the last 24 hours.