Amidst the terrible oxygen crisis in the nation, Delhi is triggered by the savage second wave of coronavirus, there is huge demand for oxygen concentrators after medical equipment by hospitals running short of oxygen and patients are advised to be in home isolation.
Delhi has recorded nearly 40 deaths due to the shortage of oxygen concentrators. 12 patients died at Batra hospital on Saturday when oxygen supply was halted for 80 minutes.
After witnessing these many incidents, senior advocate Krishnan Venugopal urged the court to issue directions to the customs department about the clearance of oxygen concentrators.
Delhi High court then asked the centre about the number of oxygen concentrators lying with customs. “This is a dynamic number. There is an order saying the clearance process should not take more than 3 hours,” the centre said to the court.
Then the Court again asked about any backlogs in clearance, the centre said it was not sure since everything is being cleared fast. Nothing should be in the pending state for more than 3 hours.
When the court said it is not satisfied with the response, the centre then replied that it would find out and let the court know.
Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs said in a tweet later that government informed the court about no pending consignments with the custom authorities.
During another sitting on Saturday, the court ordered that Delhi must receive its full quota of medical oxygen that day “by whatever means”.