Surat. “During the second wave of Covid-19, Surat faced oxygen crisis and it was a daunting task for us” said outgoing district collector of Surat, Dr Dhaval Patel at the farewell ceremony organised by the Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI) at the Surat International Exhibition and Convention Centre (SIECC) at Sarsana on Saturday.
SGCCI office-bearers had also organised the welcome ceremony of the newly appointed district collector of Surat, Ayush Oak. Dr Patel has been transferred and appointed as the Municipal Commissioner at Gandhinagar.
Addressing the gathering, Dr Dhaval Patel said, “The time of oxygen crisis in the second wave of Covid was very difficult. Traders and distributors involved in the operation of oxygen in Surat did a wonderful job day and night. 90% of oxygen was used for industrial activity and 10% for medical, but all shifted the oxygen used for industrial activity to medical.”
Patel added, “Even after doing so, it was difficult to meet the oxygen supply.”
SGCCI President, Dinesh Navadiya said, “When the export was closed in the first wave of Covid, the collector with his discretion allowed the export of diamonds and the diamond industry was able to export a very large quantity of diamonds. He had given permission to come and go from Mumbai to avoid adverse impact on business when the trading business was closed in Mumbai at that time. The chamber and the industry as a whole responded immediately to any problems that arose during the Corona period or lockdown.”