In a first, Indian Railways' Oxygen Express to supply liquid medical oxygen to Bangladesh
This is the first time that the Oxygen Express is being put into operation to a neighbouring country
Having operated over 480 such trains across the country, the Indian Railways' Oxygen Express is now set to travel to Bangladesh.
Ten containers will carry 200 Metric Tonnes (MTs) of Liquid Medical Oxygen to Benapole, Bangladesh, the Ministry of Railways said on Saturday.
This is the first time ever that the Oxygen Express, which transports Liquid Medical Oxygen for use by hospitals, particularly those dealing with severe Covid-19 cases, is being put into operation to a neighbouring country.
"Today, an indent was placed at Tata in Chakradharpur Division under South Eastern Railway to transport 200 MT of Liquid Medical Oxygen to Benapole, Bangladesh," the ministry said.
The loading of 200 MT of LMO in 10 containers rake was completed in the morning, it added.
Operation of Oxygen Expresses by the Indian Railways began on April 24 this year.
They carried medical oxygen from plants producing them to states which needed urgent supplies for hospitals during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
More than 35,000 MT of LMO was transported to 15 states. Around 480 Oxygen Expresses were operationalised.
Indian Railways said its endeavour was to deliver as much LMO as possible in the shortest time possible.