Its task would not overlap with that of a sub-group constituted by the Supreme Court on allocation and utilisation of oxygen.
A bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Jasmeet Singh appreciated the stand taken by the department saying a very fair approach has been taken on the issue.
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There was an unprecedented surge in demand for medical oxygen during the second wave and it peaked at nearly 9,000 MT compared to 3,095 MT in the first wave.
The court was informed by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, that a survey was conducted in 56 major hospitals of the national capital on May 4.
This deficit shall be rectified immediately by the Central Government by creating buffer stocks and collaborating with the States through the virtual control room on a 24 by 7 basis, the court said.
The second wave of the coronavirus has put huge pressure on the country's health system, with hospitals facing a shortage of oxygen, medicines, and equipment to treat COVID-19 patients, besides beds.
'Much water has gone above head. Now we mean business. Enough is enough,' a bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli asserted while declining the Centre's request to defer the order till Monday.
The situation is equally worrisome at the Fortis Hospital, which is running on its back up oxygen supply, desperately waiting for the refill since morning.
Nearly 100 coronavirus-infected patients are already receiving treatment at the emergency department.
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Congress leader Ajay Maken said the Centre and the Delhi government can squabble later but they should at least work for public welfare and development during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bhardwaj said the hospital, which needs three metric tonnes of oxygen per day on average, was only getting around one metric tonne for the past few days.
The hospital requires a minimum of 11,000 cubic meters of oxygen daily but was left with just 200 cubic meters when a tanker with 1.5 tonnes of oxygen arrived at 11.35 am, officials said.
Twenty critically ill patients died overnight at Jaipur Golden Hospital in Delhi amid a serious oxygen crisis, officials said.
The police somehow managed to contact the drivers of the tankers through the nodal officers and owners of the suppliers, the official said.