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More than 25,629 metric tons of medical oxygen transported to the states by Oxygen Expresses – Ministry of Railways | India News


NEW DELHI: With the delivery of more than 25,629 metric tons (MT) of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) in more than 1,503 tanker trucks to various states across the country thus far, Oxygen Expresses crossed a milestone in serving the nation, the Union railways. Ministry reported on Saturday.
According to a statement released by the ministry on Friday, 368 Oxygen Expresses have completed their journey so far and brought relief to several states.
In addition, it reported that at the time of publishing the statement, seven loaded Oxygen Expresses were underway with more than 482 MT of LMOs in 30 tankers.
In stating that Assam received its fifth Oxygen Express with 80 MT LMOs on 4 tankers from Jharkhand, the ministry also mentioned that Oxygen Expresses has downloaded more than 3000 MT LMOs in the state of Karnataka.
It is worth mentioning that Oxygen Expresses began its deliveries 42 days ago on April 24 in Maharashtra with a load of 126 MT, he said.
Oxygen Expresses oxygen relief reached 15 states, namely Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Telangana, Punjab, Kerala, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Assam.
Up to the time of this launch, 614 MT of oxygen has been discharged in Maharashtra, almost 3797 MT in Uttar Pradesh, 656 MT in Madhya Pradesh, 5790 MT in Delhi, 2212 MT in Haryana, 98 MT in Rajasthan, 3097 MT in Karnataka, 320 MT in Uttarakhand, 2787 MT in Tamil Nadu, 2602 MT in Andhra Pradesh, 225 MT in Punjab, 513 MT in Kerala, 2474 MT in Telangana, 38 MT in Jharkhand and 400 MT in Assam.
So far, Oxygen Expresses downloaded LMOs in around 39 cities / towns in 15 states across the country, namely Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur, Bareilly, Gorakhpur and Agra in Uttar Pradesh, Sagar, Jabalpur, Katni and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh , Nagpur, Nashik, Pune, Mumbai and Solapur in Maharashtra, Hyderabad in Telangana, Faridabad and Gurugram in Haryana, Tuglakabad, Delhi Cantt and Okhla in Delhi, Kota and Kanakpara in Rajasthan, Bengaluru in Karnataka, Dehradun in Uttarakhand, Nellore, Guntradun in Uttarakhand, Nellore, Guntradun in Uttarakhand, Nellore, Guntradun in Tadakhapatnam and Vishradesh, Ernakulam in Kerala, Tiruvallur, Chennai, Tuticorin, Coimbatore and Madurai in Tamil Nadu, Bhatinda and Phillaur in Punjab, Kamrup in Assam and Ranchi in Jharkhand.
Indian Railways has mapped different routes with oxygen supply locations and stands ready for any emerging needs from the States. States provide tanker trucks to Indian railways to transport LMOs.
Across the country, Indian Railways is collecting oxygen from places like Hapa, Baroda, Mundra in the west and Rourkela, Durgapur, Tatanagar, Angul in the east and then delivering it to the states of Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Telangana, Punjab, Kerala, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Assam in complex operational route planning scenarios.
To ensure that oxygen relief arrives in the shortest time possible, Railways is creating unprecedented new standards and benchmarks in the operation of Oxygen Express freight trains. The average speed of these critical freight trains is well above 55 in most cases over long distances. Racing in the high priority Green Corridor, with the greatest sense of urgency, operational teams from various zones are working around the clock in the most challenging circumstances to ensure oxygen arrives in the fastest time frame possible. Technical stops have been reduced to 1 minute for crew changes in different sections.
Tracks are kept open and a high level of alert is maintained to ensure Oxygen Express continues to operate. All of this is done in a way that the speed of other cargo operations is not reduced as well, the ministry said.
Running new oxygen is a very dynamic exercise and the numbers are constantly being updated. The more loaded Oxygen Expresses are expected to begin their journeys later in the evening.
Overcoming all obstacles and finding new solutions, Indian Railways continues its journey of providing assistance by delivering LMOs to various states across the country.

Times of India