Aurangabad/Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday said that growing crowds was a big challenge in the face of a possible third wave of corona, and requested the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to come up with a comprehensive national level policy, to control the crowds at various places.
He was speaking at a virtual meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the Chief Ministers of six states in the country.
Mr Thackeray informed about the concrete steps taken by Maharashtra to combat the second wave of Covid and planning made for the third possible wave in the meeting.
Although the number of patients and death rate in Maharashtra is declining, it needs to be further reduced. We are also expediting the vaccination of front line workers and reducing the rate of wastage of vaccines, he said.
Expressing his gratitude to the Prime Minister for guiding the state from time to time during the pandemic, Mr Thackeray said that the tail of the second wave was still wagging, while the number of patients is declining but the situation was still not completely under control. He expressed concern at the large numbers of people rushing to holiday destinations and other place without adequate safety precautions across the country. Assuring that Maharashtra is ready to deal with the third possible wave of corona and that measures are being taken to keep the industry afloat.
Considering the amount given by the center, the Chief Minister said that in the third wave, the state would need about 4,000 metric tonnes of oxygen per day. We can produce 2,000 metric tons while the remaining 2,000 metric tons of oxygen would be of great help only if it came from a nearby state, he added.