STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

COVID crisis: Bombay High Court orders Centre to restore oxygen supply to Maharashtra

The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has directed the Central government to restore the oxygen supply to the Maharashtra government.

Published: 23rd April 2021 02:53 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd April 2021 08:36 AM   |  A+A-

Bombay High Court

The Bombay High Court. (File Photo| PTI)

Express News Service

MUMBAI:  The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has directed the Central government to restore the oxygen supply to the Maharashtra government. The court called the Central government’s decision of reducing the oxygen supply of Maharashtra is like a bolt from blue.

The Central government had cut down the oxygen supply of Maharashtra from 110 metric tonnes (MT) to 60 MT from the Bhilai (Chhatisgarh) plant. This oxygen was provided to hospitals in Nagpur. The court said that this “has hit Maharashtra as a bolt from the blue”.

A division bench of Justices Sunil Sukre and SM Modak questioned the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for reducing the supply from the plant and directed restoration of supply.

“In this situation of emergency, respondent no. 3 (CDSCO) should have increased the supply of oxygen to 200-300 MT more. Unfortunately, things have gone in a reverse manner. Considering the dire need,  we restore 110 MT supply of O2 from the Bhilai plant to Maharashtra,” said the court.

The court also passed several other directions while hearing suo motu a PIL on the adequate supply of Remdesivir and what is considered a lifeline of Covid patients oxygen supply.

After expressing anguish over the non-compliance of its order, the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court ensured Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region receives its share (12,404 vials) of Remdesivir injection and the state its share of oxygen.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp