Indore: In an interim order, Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday directed Maharashtra-based company to continue uninterrupted supply of liquid oxygen to MP and don't get influenced by an order related to check on oxygen supply to other states by Maharashtra government.
Division bench comprising Justice SC Sharma and Justice Shailendra Shukla gave the ruling on a petition filed by MY Hospital through its superintendent Dr PS Thakur.
Additional advocate general Pushyamitra Bhargav said that Inox Air Products Pvt Ltd of Maharastra and some companies based in Gujarat and Chhatisgarh supply liquid oxygen to MP which does not have any liquid manufacturing plant on its soil.
The petitioner informed the total requirement of oxygen in the MP is about 100 tonnes per day and keeping in view the increase in number of Covid-19 patients the Hospitals in the state will be requiring 270 - 280 tonnes of liquid oxygen daily including 20 tonnes at MY Hospital.
Advocate General Purusheaindra Kaurav informed the court that an agreement between the MY Hospital and Inox company is in force yet it discontinued citing an order by Maharashtra government which stated that liquid oxygen supply is very crucial to the management of patients infected with Covid-19 and, therefore, 80% of the production is to be used only for hospitals in Maharashtra.
Kaurav argued there cannot be a discrimination between Covid-19 patients within various states and if a patient of Maharashtra need oxygen so does a patient in MP.
After going through facts, the court observed that the petitioner prima facie made out case for grant of relief and granted relief. It set the next date of hearing in case on October 19.