NEW DELHI: The Delhi high court on Tuesday directed Centre to show cause as to why contempt not be initiated against it for “failing to comply with order on supply of oxygen to Delhi.”
The high court asked Centre to comply with Supreme Court‘s order and ensure the deficit in oxygen supply to Delhi is met.
“Contempt may be the last thing but it is there. Enough is enough. There is no way that you won’t supply 700 MT right away. We won’t hear anything except compliance,” the high court said.
The court also rejected Centre’s submission stating that Delhi was not entitled to 700 MT of medical oxygen in light of existing medical infrastructure.
“Supreme Court’s April 30 order shows it directed Centre to provide 700 MT of oxygen and not just 490 MT. You can put your head in sand like ostrich, we will not,” it said.
“We see grim reality everyday of people not able to secure oxygen or ICU beds in hospitals which have reduced beds due to gas shortage. There’s SC order, now we also say Centre will have to supply 700 MT oxygen daily to Delhi right away by whatever means,” the high court said in its order.
The high court further noted that not for a single day, Delhi has received its allocated 490 MT of oxygen supply.
On May 3, the Supreme Court had asked the Centre to rectify the oxygen issue of Delhi hospitals within two days.
In an order, the apex court ordered the Centre, in collaboration with other states, prepare a buffer stock of oxygen for emergency purposes and decentralise the location of emergency stocks.
“Emergency stocks shall be created within next four days and is to be replenished on a day to day basis, in addition to existing allocation of oxygen supply to States,” the SC said in its order passed on suo motu case initiated by it on issues related to oxygen supply etc in relation to Covid.
(With agency inputs)