Chhattisgarh CM Pitches for 20% Oxygen for Steel Mills
Local media reported that after requesting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Mr Bhupesh Baghel has urged Union Minister for Industries Mr Piyush Goyal that steel industries should be allowed to use 20% quantity of oxygen produced in Chhattisgarh. Mr Baghel spoke over the telephone with Mr Goyal over the issue and was asked by the Minister to send a proposal. In a letter, the Chief Minister said “The total daily oxygen production capacity of various units in Chhattisgarh is 462 tonnes. Under normal circumstances, oxygen is supplied to the steel makers in the state by the oxygen manufacturers. But due to corona cases, the Centre has banned the industrial use of oxygen. The oxygen producing units are suffering due to lack of demand for oxygen while the steel making units in the state are shut due to lack of oxygen. Keeping this in view, the steel makers should be allowed the use of 20% quantity of oxygen produced in the state.”
He added “If the demand for additional medical oxygen arises, the supply of oxygen to the steel units may be stopped immediately.”
The Chief Minister also mentioned that Oxygen producing units are suffering due to lack of demand for oxygen and all the steel making units of the state are closed due to lack of oxygen, due to which millions of labourers have become unemployed.