The government may soon ease the prohibition on the sale of liquid oxygen to industry, which has been in effect since April 22, as demand for medical oxygen declines and the second wave of Covid-19 fades.
According to a source, medical oxygen demand has dropped to around 6,000 metric tonnes (MT) per day from a peak of over 8,900 MT per day around a month ago.
While oxygen plants provide 5,500 MT, local sources provide roughly 500 MT, according to the source. When asked when the government will loosen limits on liquid oxygen delivery to industries, the source replied, “Once requirements in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka demonstrate a dip, there can be relaxation…” These two states are currently settling down.”
Due to rising demand for medical oxygen, the government stopped the supply of liquid oxygen to industry last month.
The Empowered Group-2, which is in charge of assuring oxygen supply to hospitals, had proposed that makers and suppliers sell oxygen for industrial uses be “prohibited forthwith from 22.04.2021.”