The Delhi government has sought the assistance of the Indian Army in setting up hospitals in the national capital with Oxygen and ICU facilities to treat COVID-19 patients.
Senior Advocate Rahul Mehra appearing for the Delhi government today informed the Delhi High Court that communication in this regard has been sent to the Defence Minister but it will take a day or two to fructify.
“It was communicated to the Raksha Mantri by the Deputy Chief Minister. This will take a day or two to fructify,” Mehra said reading out the letter seeking the help of the army.
The Court was hearing a plea on COVID-19 and oxygen crisis in the national capital.
The submission came after Senior Advocate Abhinav Vashisht, appearing for a petitioner, said that it was high time Army was roped in.
“The only way… This is high time that armed forces be brought in. Armed Forces have tankers and the ability to do everything,” he said
“Can the Delhi govt also make a request to the local commanders who are in charge of Delhi establishment so that coordination time is reduced,” asked Senior Advocate Krishnan Venugopal who is also seeking a direction to Delhi government to seek help from the army.
The Court also now sought instructions from the ASG on the status of the letter.
During the later part of the day, Additional Solicitor General Chetan Sharma stated that the matter was being looked into by the Defence Minister himself.