Maligaon: Assam will be receiving its first ‘Oxygen Express’ which is expected to reach the state on Sunday, May 23. The Oxygen Express departed from Tatanagar station in Jharkhand on May 22, carrying 4 containers with 80 tonnes of oxygen to reach Inland Container Depot at Amingaon, Guwahati.
The Indian Railways has been continuing its journey of supplying relief by delivering Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) to various states across the country. Indian Railways has delivered nearly 14,500 metric tonnes of LMO in more than 884 tankers to several states across the country.
It may be noted that 224 Oxygen Expresses have completed their journey so far and brought relief to various States. Oxygen Expresses have been delivering more than 800 MT of LMO to the Nation each day now.
It is the Indian Railways’ mission to deliver as much LMO as possible in the shortest time possible to the requesting states.
Oxygen relief by Oxygen Expresses has reached out to 13 states till now, which are Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Telangana, Punjab, Kerala, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.
Till now, 614 metric tonnes of Oxygen has been offloaded in Maharashtra, nearly 3,463 metric tonnes in Uttar Pradesh, 566 metric tonnes in Madhya Pradesh, 4,278 metric tonnes in Delhi, 1,698 metric tonnes in Haryana, 98 metric tonnes in Rajasthan, 943 metric tonnes in Karnataka, 320 metric tonnes in Uttarakhand, 769 metric tonnes in Tamil Nadu, 571 metric tonnes in Andhra Pradesh, 153 metric tonnes in Punjab, 246 metric tonnes in Kerala and 772 metric tonnes in Telangana.
The Railways has mapped different routes with Oxygen supply locations and is keeping itself ready for any emerging need by the states. The states provide tankers to the Indian Railways for transporting the LMO.
It may be noted that Oxygen Expresses started their deliveries about a month ago, on April 24, in Maharashtra, with a load of 126 metric tonnes.
Crisscrossing the country, the Indian Railways is picking up oxygen from places like Hapa, Baroda, Mundra in the West and Rourkela, Durgapur, Tatanagar, Angul in the East and then delivering it to states such as Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Telangana, Punjab, Kerala, Delhi & Uttar Pradesh in complex operational route planning scenarios.
In order to ensure that the Oxygen relief reaches in the fastest time possible, the Railways is creating new standards and unprecedented benchmarks in running the Oxygen Express Freight Trains.
Running on high priority Green Corridor, with the highest sense of urgency, operational teams of various zones are working round the clock in the most challenging circumstances to ensure that the Oxygen reaches as fast as possible.
Technical stoppages have been reduced to 1 minute for crew changes over different sections. Tracks are kept open and high alertness is maintained to ensure that Oxygen Express keeps going without obstacles.