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"State Has failed to protect the right to life under Article 21": Delhi HC on oxygen shortage in the Capital

Lawstreet Journal 5 May 2021 5:55pm

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At present,  India is scuffling to move large quantities of medical oxygen to hospitals in its capital, New Delhi and other areas hit hard by the Covid-19 surge.

Oxygen is not reaching hospital beds on time because of the distance between the production units and the demanding areas. Now that Covid-19 cases are surging in Delhi’s neighbouring states i.e., Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, the oxygen facilities and providers are over-stretched in attempting to meet the demands of the patients.

To fulfil Delhi’s current requirements, additional medical oxygen has to be brought in from industrial zones in eastern India. The facilities from where Delhi will now receive oxygen are spread across seven states, some more than 1,000 km away, according to reports.

In recent days, as a scramble for oxygen among states worsened, local officials in some regions were also accused of disrupting the movement of tankers in a bid to keep supplies for themselves.

The bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli of Delhi High Court took account of the matter by hearing a bunch of cases on oxygen shortage in the capital's fight against Covid-19. 

To this effect, the court passed a series of orders in different matters after hearing submissions by the counsel for Maharaja Agrasen Hospital, Jaipur Golden Hospital, Batra Hospital and Saroj Super Speciality Hospital over the shortage of oxygen for treating seriously-ill COVID patients.

The Delhi High Court stated that the state has put the basic fundamental right i.e., right to life, contained under Article 21, at stake./The highlights of… Continue Reading...

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