Amid India’s struggle to provide required liquid medical oxygen to all the oxygen-starving states, the Indian Railways has reported to have delivered over 8,700 tonnes of medical grade oxygen, on Saturday.
The Railways have been supplying oxygen to states across the country. In fact, Andhra Pradesh received it’s first ‘Oxygen Express’ train in Nellore on Saturday.
The first Oxygen Express ran on April 19, when seven trucks left Mumbai for Vizag to load the gas. These seven trucks were loaded on flat wagons and they were moved to the loading location.
Total of 139 Oxygen Express Trains Complete their Journeys
Indian Railways reported on Saturday that it has, until the said date, supplied over 8,700 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen to different states across the country since April 19, in over 540 tankers.
So far, nearly 139 ‘Oxygen Express’ trains have transported medical oxygen to deficient states.
The national carrier also stated on Saturday that currently over 475 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen were on the run, in 35 tankers.
The ‘Oxygen express’ trains have been supplying about 800 tonnes of LMO on a daily basis in the last few days.
An Oxygen Express train carrying 118 metric tonnes of medical oxygen arrived from Odisha in the early hours on Sunday.
gen Express train carrying 118 metric tonnes of medical oxygen arrived from Odisha in the early hours on Sunday.
“The first #OxygenExpress to Kerala has reached Ernakulam from Kalinganagar with medical Oxygen for COVID-19 patients in the State,” Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said in a tweet.
Similarly, Andhra Pradesh too received its first Oxygen express train in Nellore, with 40 tonnes of LMO on Saturday.
Gorakhpur and Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh have also received 40 and 80 tonnes of oxygen respectively.
Railways reported that so far, Oxygen Express trains have delivered,
- 521 tonnes of oxygen in Maharashtra,
- 430 tonnes in Madhya Pradesh,
- 1,228 tonnes in Haryana,
- 308 tonnes in Telangana,
- 40 tonnes in Rajasthan,
- 361 tonnes in Karnataka,
- 200 tonnes in Uttarakhand,
- 111 tonnes in Tamil Nadu,
- 40 tonnes in Andhra Pradesh, and
- over 3,084 tonnes in Delhi.