Guwahati, May 18: Assam Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma today said that at this critical juncture of second wave of COVID19 pandemic, Assam government would serve the entire North East as the medical oxygen hub with optimum utilisation of its oxygen storage and transportation facilities.
During a video conference with Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma, the Chief Minister of Assam would collect liquid oxygen from liquid oxygen production units outside the region and store in the facilities in the state so that other NE states can take oxygen from the state as per their need.
Dr Sarma told his Meghalaya counterpart Conrad Sangma that the current mechanism of supplying 12-16 Metric Tonne of Medical Oxygen to Meghalaya from the oxygen generation plants and oxygen storage points of Assam will continue without interruption as long as the situation permits.
Dr Sarma said that Assam would continue to supply Meghalaya 16 metric tonne of medical oxygen per day from Amingaon and Bongaigaon as long as the situation demands. He said that a certain number of oxygen cylinders shall be kept ready for Meghalaya to be released as and when required.
Dr Sarma requested Conrad Sangma to ensure smooth transportation of goods and passenger vehicles from Brahmaputra valley to Barak valley through Meghalaya. It may be noted that as Meghalaya is having about five thousand active cases and going for complete lockdown in East Khasi Hills district from tomorrow night to start with and it may be extended to other districts soon.
Meghalaya Government assured that transportation of essential items to Barak Valley will be seamless and interrupted.
On the request of Chief Minister Meghalaya, Dr. Sarma said that in order to complete the second dose of vaccination of COVAXIN for a few individuals who had taken their first dose outside Meghalaya, Government of Assam will give 100 doses of Covaxin in exchange of similar quantity of Covishield.