Oxygen Expresses’ liquid medical oxygen delivery crosses 15,000 MT&
New Delhi: Amid second wave of Covid-19, Railways is continuing to deliver medical oxygen across the nation through Oxygen Expresses. So far, Indian Railways has delivered more than 15,284 MT of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) in more than 936 tankers to various states across the country.
It may be noted that 234 Oxygen Expresses have completed their journey so far and brought relief to various States. Till the time of this article, nine loaded Oxygen Expresses on run with more than 569 MT of LMO in 31 tankers. First Oxygen Express to Assam with 80 MT of LMO in four tankers reached Assam on Sunday at around 11.30 AM.
Delivery of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) by Oxygen Expresses to Karnataka crossed 1000 MT. Oxygen Expresses have been delivering more than 800 MT of LMO to the nation each day now. Oxygen relief by Oxygen Expresses reached out to 14 states namely Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Telangana, Punjab, Kerala, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Assam.
So far, 614 MT of Oxygen has been offloaded in Maharashtra, nearly 3609 MT in Uttar Pradesh, 566 MT in Madhya Pradesh, 4300 MT in Delhi, 1759 MT in Haryana, 98 MT in Rajasthan, 1063 MT in Karnataka, 320 MT in Uttarakhand, 857 MT in Tamil Nadu, 642 MT in Andhra Pradesh, 153 MT in Punjab, 246 MT in Kerala, 976 MT in Telangana and 80 MT in Assam.
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.
It is worth noting that Oxygen Expresses started their deliveries 29 days back on 24th April in Maharashtra with a load of 126 MT. 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 of Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Telangana, Punjab, Kerala, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh & Assam in complex operational route planning scenarios.
In order to ensure that Oxygen relief reaches in the fastest time possible, Railways is creating new standards and unprecedented benchmarks in running of Oxygen Express Freight Trains. The average speed of these critical Freight trains is way above 55 in most cases over long distances.
Running on high priority Green Corridor, with a highest sense of urgency, operational teams of various zones are working round the clock in most challenging circumstances to ensure that Oxygen reaches in fastest possible time frame. Technical stoppages have been reduced to one minute for crew changes over different sections.