Indian Railways Gives Go-Ahead To Supply Of Liquid Medical Oxygen Via Its Ro-Ro Service

Swarajya Staff

Apr 18, 2021, 01:29 PM | Updated 01:29 PM IST

Indian Railway's Roll-On-Roll-Off service carrying trucks (@rajtoday/Twitter)
Indian Railway's Roll-On-Roll-Off service carrying trucks (@rajtoday/Twitter)

Indian Railways has approved the proposal of Maharashtra Principal Secretary to transport liquid medical oxygen in cryogenic tankers via its roll-on-roll-off initiative throughout the country.

The national transporter revealed that five hours of free time will be allotted at the point of loading and unloading whereas the customers will have to be in-charge of securing trucks through locks or lashing.

Moreover, the Ministry of Railways mentioned that the rules rolled out in Red Tariff No. 20 for the purpose of moving liquid oxygen will have to be adhered to.

The consignors will have to carry out the required precautionary measures for safely transporting liquid oxygen. Additionally, only two members including the concerned driver will be permitted in every truck and they would have to buy an ordinary second class ticket for the journey, ANI reports.

The Covid-19 situation in Maharashtra has been worsening over time as the state reported 67,123 cases and 419 deaths on Friday.

In fact, seven people had succumbed to the pandemic due to shortage in supply of oxygen in a hospital in Nalasopara earlier this week. Later on, it emerged that industrialist Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Industries will deliver 100 metric tonne (MT) oxygen to Maharashtra from its plant in Jamnagar.

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