A division bench comprising of Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice Atul Sreedharan of the Madhya Pradesh High Court has urged all the state governments, as well as their respective police and transportation agencies, to provide green corridors for tankers transporting liquid medical oxygen that are traveling across state lines to ensure timely delivery of oxygen to their desired destination. The observation was made when dealing with a suo moto writ petition and a slew of other petitions highlighting the state’s coronavirus situation and the state’s failure to fulfill its duties.
The ASG also stated that the Central Government will ensure that such an incident does not occur again in the future, and told the Bench that the Union of India has issued a directive to all State Governments to ensure free movement of tankers carrying oxygen to their respective delivery destinations.
In addition, when it came to the issue of a lack of oxygen supply in the state, the Court noted that the situation on the ground was “totally different from what was presented by the State in Action study.” The Court also took note of media reports indicating multiple deaths as a result of a lack of oxygen supply, and made the following observations:
“Even the state has made no serious attempt to refute the veracity of the claims that many people died in hospitals due to a lack of exam. It is truly heartbreaking to see people die in such large numbers. People are dying in hospitals due to a lack of oxygen, which is a shame.”