Indian Railways continues to help the States facing oxygen scarcity by running Oxygen Express service (Pic: Courtesy Twitter/@RailMinIndia)
Continuing to bring relief to the States facing oxygen scarcity, the Oxygen Express Operations of Indian Railways has expanded its operations in States of Haryana and Telangana after Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi.
The Railways continuing their momentum have three more trains on the run either carrying Liquid Oxygen or on the way to the loading plants. It is expected that cumulative liquid medical oxygen (LMO) carried by Indian railways will reach almost 640 MT in next 24 hrs.
The State of Uttar Pradesh received its Oxygen express No.5 carrying 76.29 MT of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) today in 5 tankers. While one tanker was offloaded in Varanasi the remaining four were offloaded in Lucknow. Train No. 6 is already on its way to Lucknow and is expected to arrive today carrying 33.18 MT LMO in four tankers. Another empty rake is expected to leave Lucknow today for bringing the next set of oxygen tankers.
Haryana is to receive its first Oxygen express as a train with two tankers was expected to leave Angul (Orissa) yesterday. Empty rake from Faridabad to Rourkela is also on its way and was expected to reach yesterday night. Continuous stream of Oxygen trains to Haryana will ensure oxygen replenishment to the Covid-19 patients in the State.
As the State Government in Telangana has also requested Indian Railways for Oxygen express, an empty rake is on its way from Secunderabad to Angul with five empty tankers and is expected to reach Angul today.
Since the first train of empty tankers left for Vizag from Mumbai region just a few days back, Indian Railways has transported more than 450 MT of oxygen safely and securely to various States across India.
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Railways is in full preparedness for providing oxygen transportation services to all the States in need. In the ongoing operation, States provide tankers to the Railways. Railways then proceeds in the fastest feasible mode to bring the Oxygen supplies from the locations and delivers it the requisitioning State. The deployment and use of this Oxygen is done by the State Government.