NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): Giving a major assistance to the country in the wake of rising corona crises and overcoming shortage of oxygen supply across various States battling Covid-19, Indian Railways has delivered more than 11030 MT of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) through more than 675 tankers to various States across India.
A total of nearly 175 Oxygen Expresses have completed their journey so far and brought relief to various States. Southern states of Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu got a big boost in Oxygen supply with several Oxygen Expresses delivering their loads on 15th May night and on 16th May.
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NCR region crossed the delivery of more than 5000 MT of Oxygen for further distribution. Oxygen Expresses have been delivering nearly 800 MT of LMO to the Nation each day for last few days. Kerala received its first Oxygen Express at Ernakulam with 118 MT of load.
It is Indian Railways endeavour to deliver as much LMO as possible in the shortest time possible to the requesting States.
According to Ministry of Railways, 521 MT of Oxygen has been offloaded in Maharashtra, nearly 2858 MT in UP, 476 MT in MP, 1427 MT in Haryana, 565 MT in Telangana, 40 MT in Rajasthan, 480 MT in Karnataka, 200 MT in Uttarakhand, 350 MT in Tamil Nadu, 81 MT in Punjab, 118 MT in Kerala and nearly 3794 MT in Delhi.
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 1 minute for crew changes over different sections.
Tracks are kept open and high alertness is maintained to ensure that Oxygen Express keeps zipping through. All this is done in a manner that speed of other Freight Operation doesn’t get reduced as well.
Railways has mapped different routes with Oxygen supply locations and keep itself ready with any emerging need of the States. States provide tankers to the Indian Railways for bringing LMO.