Oxygen Express trains have already delivered more than 30,000 metric tonnes (MT) of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) to States and Union Territories across the country during the second wave of COVID-19. According to an official statement from the Ministry of Railways, Indian Railways has so far delivered nearly 30,182 MT of LMO to various states across the country via more than 1,734 tankers.
421 Oxygen Expresses have successfully completed their journey. These special trains have transported over 15,000 metric tonnes of liquid medical oxygen to the southern states of the country. Oxygen Expresses delivered over 3,600, 3,700, and 4900 MT of LMO, respectively, in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu.
Until Sunday afternoon, two loaded Oxygen Expresses with over 177 MT of LMO in ten tankers are on the road. Oxygen Express began medical oxygen deliveries in Maharashtra 50 days ago on April 24 with a 126 MT load.
“Oxygen relief was provided by Oxygen Expresses in 15 states, including Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Telangana, Punjab, Kerala, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Assam,” the ministry stated.
According to official data released on Sunday, 614 MT of oxygen was exported from Maharashtra, nearly 3797 MT from Uttar Pradesh, 656 MT from Madhya Pradesh, 5722 MT from Delhi, 2354 MT from Haryana, 98 MT from Rajasthan, 3782 MT from Karnataka, 320 MT from Uttarakhand, 4941 MT from Tamil Nadu, 3664 MT from Andhra Pradesh, 225 MT from Punjab, 513
“To ensure that Oxygen relief reaches as many people as possible as quickly as possible, Railways is setting new standards and setting unprecedented benchmarks for the operation of Oxygen Express Freight Trains. In most cases, these critical Freight trains travel at speeds well above 55 mph over long distances. Operating on the high-priority Green Corridor with the utmost urgency, operational teams from various zones are working around the clock in the most difficult conditions to ensure that Oxygen reaches its destination as quickly as possible. Technical pauses for crew changes between sections have been reduced to one minute “as stated in the statement.