1274 tankers, 313 special trains: How Indian Railways has delivered medical oxygen
Oxygen relief by Oxygen Expresses has reached 39 cities and towns in 15 states
Indian Railways has transported 1,274 tankers carrying more than 21,392 Metric Tonnes (MTs) of Liquid Medical Oxygen and delivered them to different states across the country.
Since April 24, when 126 MT of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) was delivered to Maharashtra, 313 Oxygen Express freight trains have completed their journey. Five more loaded Oxygen Expresses were in transit with more than 406 MT of LMO in 23 tankers, the Ministry of Railways said on Sunday.
While LMO delivery to Haryana and Karnataka has crossed 2000 MT each, the figure is more than 1800 MT each for Tamil Nadu and Telangana.
Oxygen relief by Oxygen Expresses has reached 39 cities and towns in 15 states, the railways ministry added.
Giving details of the quantity delivered, the ministry said 614 MT of Oxygen has been offloaded in Maharashtra, nearly 3797 MT in Uttar Pradesh, 656 MT in Madhya Pradesh, 5476 MT in Delhi, 2023 MT in Haryana, 98 MT in Rajasthan, 2115 MT in Karnataka, 320 MT in Uttarakhand, 1808 MT in Tamil Nadu, 1738 MT in Andhra Pradesh, 225 MT in Punjab, 380 MT in Kerala, 1858 MT in Telangana, 38 MT in Jharkhand and 240 MT in Assam.
Indian Railways has mapped different routes with Oxygen supply locations and keeps itself ready with any emerging need of the States. States provide tankers to the Indian Railways for bringing LMO.
Oxygen is picked up from places like Hapa, Baroda, Mundra in the West and Rourkela, Durgapur, Tatanagar, Angul in the East and then delivered to states that need the supply.
In order to ensure that Oxygen relief reaches in the fastest time possible, the average speed of these critical Oxygen Express Freight Trains is above 55 kmph in most cases over long distances.
The trains run on high priority Green Corridors; technical stoppages have been reduced to 1 minute for crew changes over different sections.