Before the Farmer protest started, the unions had said they will starve Delhi people for food by blocking the city from all directions so that government is forced to listen to them, but seems like they are succeeding in another way.
Hundreds of critical patients are dying without access to oxygen, hospitals have no oxygen supply and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has also reiterated they are trying to get more from other states but it is taking time.
On Monday night, the Delhi police had created a green corridor to enable fast transport of oxygen to Sri Action Balaji Hospital in the city, where the oxygen levels had reached a critical point. A dedicated corridor was created by the police for two oxygen tankers carrying 19,500 litres of liquid oxygen from the UP and Haryana borders.
While the police had said that the tankers were stuck at the two borders due to ‘traffic jam’, a letter written by the supplier of the oxygen has now revealed the real reason: the tankers were stuck at the farmer protest sites at the border points.
According to a letter sent by Inox Air Products, a supplier of oxygen, to the central govt, they are facing blockages while transporting oxygen from their plants in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh to Delhi due to the highway blockades enforced by the protestors.
According to the company, this happened as the delay of liquid medical oxygen to the hospital was delayed by 2 hours due to the blockade of NH24 by the farmers and are having to travel an additional distance of 100 kms from their unit in Modinagar, Uttar Pradesh to reach hospitals.
The letter by Inox Air Products Pvt Ltd further added that its oxygen supply from IOC facilities is also hampered due to the farmer protests. The company has been asked by the union govt to lift liquid oxygen from Indian Oil Corporation’s Panipat unit, but while transporting oxygen from there to Delhi, they are facing delays due to the blockage at the Singhu border.
Interestingly, these farmer protests are also one of the super-spreaders of virus in around Delhi NCR region, as the gathering continues during the pandemic, but no one wants to question them due to political correctness