Ramping up the pace of delivering Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) across the nation, Indian Railways is set to deliver 120 metric tonnes of LMO to national capital Delhi in six tankers from Durgapur, West Bengal today.
Uttar Pradesh and Telangana
Apart from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh will be receiving 44.88 metric tonnes of LMO in 3 tankers en-route from Bokaro, Jharkhand. This will be the 8th consignment of oxygen by the Indian Railways to the state which has received over 355 MT LMO so far and more is on its way to Lucknow.
Furthermore, carrying 124.26 metric tonnes of oxygen, Telangana will also receive its first Oxygen Express from Angul, Odisha today.
On May 1, Haryana received its first and second Oxygen Express train carrying 79 metric tonnes of the life saving gas in 5 tankers. Additionally, the third Oxygen Express is on its way to Haryana carrying 30.6 MT LMO in 2 tankers from Angul, Odisha.
Earlier on 30th April, Madhya Pradesh received its 2nd Oxygen Express carrying 70.77 MT of LMO to Jabalpur & Sagar from Bokaro, Jharkhand. On May 1, third Oxygen Express with 22.19 MT of LMO reached Jabalpur from Rourkela, Odisha.
The journey of ‘Oxygen Express’
Providing seamless oxygen supply for the treatment of COVID-19 patients, Indian Railways has been tirelessly operating Oxygen Express. Till date, Indian Railways has delivered 813 MT of LMO in 56 tankers to various states across the nation. More than 14 Oxygen Expresses have successfully delivered oxygen to their destinations with 5 more oxygen express trains on their way carrying 342 MT of LMO in 18 tankers.
In total, over 813 metric tonnes of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) have been delivered to various states such as Uttar Pradesh (355 MT), Maharashtra (174 MT), Madhya Pradesh (134.77 MT), Haryana (79 MT) and Delhi (70 MT) with more states set to receive their Oxygen Express shortly.
Mobilisation of Covid care coaches
Playing an imperative role in fighting COVID-19 pandemic, the railways have been proactive in deploying covid care beds in isolation coaches at different stations throughout the country with nearly 4,000 isolation coaches operating with almost 64,000 beds.
As per states demand, Indian Railways has provided 191 coaches to various states with a bed capacity of 2990 beds. Isolation coaches are presently used in Delhi, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh among other states.