The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, and the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) is coming together to strategically solve issues relating to oxygen infrastructure and supply chain management in the city.

The partnership was formed after both experts from IIT Delhi and government officials from the health and IT department realised that practical solutions had to be developed in order to resolve oxygen supply issues in the wake of the Covid-19 surge.

Professor Sanjay Dhir, Department of Management Studies at the IIT Delhi, said, “Our objective was to make sure that we provide specific and practically implementable solutions to the Delhi government.”

“Our endeavour is to make sure that no lives are lost due to oxygen related infrastructure issues in the state.”

In order to fulfil this endeavour, the joint team submitted its report to the Hon’ble Delhi High Court on 28th May 2021.

Speaking of the collaboration, Mr. Ankur Garg, Commissioner (Trade and Taxation), GNCTD said, “GNCTD is already preparing for the third wave of Covid-19 and the collaboration with IIT Delhi will further add value to the strategic planning process.”

The partnership aims to follow a roadmap that includes analysing strategic issues of the existing oxygen infrastructure in Delhi and preparing a blueprint.

It also intends to improve the current IT Portal and Dashboard created for oxygen management by the Delhi government, and to create plans for augmenting and creating medical oxygen storage, production, and distribution in Delhi.