An audit team appointed by the Supreme Court of India has reportedly found that the Delhi government exaggerated the oxygen requirement in the national capital by more than four times during the April 25-May 10 peak period of the Covid-19 second wave. This also affected supply to many other states, said the interim report of a Supreme Court audit team which was submitted by the Centre in court.
The report said, The Delhi government’s claim of 1,140 Metric Tonnes was four times the calculated consumption as per the formula based on bed capacity, which was 289 MT only.
The audit panel included AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria, Delhi Government Principal Home Secretary Bhupinder Bhalla, Max Healthcare Director Sandeep Buddhiraja, Union Jal Shakti Ministry Joint Secretary Subodh Yadav and Sanjay Kumar Singh of the Petroleum and Oxygen Safety Organization (PESO).
A study was conducted under which the findings were reported. According to the study, the Delhi government’s data said from April 29 to May 10, the consumption of oxygen did not exceed 350 MT. However, it put out a demand of 700 MT.
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