Odisha, Jharkhand And Gujarat Emerge As Top Three Oxygen Contributors

by Arun Kumar Das - Jun 3, 2021 11:17 AM +05:30 IST
Odisha, Jharkhand And Gujarat Emerge As Top Three Oxygen ContributorsAn oxygen tanker at a railway station.
  • With Indian Railways successfully delivering oxygen across the country, Jharkhand, Odisha and Gujarat have emerged as top three contributors to Oxygen Express deliveries.

Jharkhand, Odisha and Gujarat have emerged as top three contributors to Oxygen Express deliveries across the nation.

Amid the Covid second wave, Indian Railways has delivered oxygen, the mainstay of medical care, in the ongoing pandemic.

Oxygen expresses loaded 8,025 million tonnes (MT) liquid medical oxygen from Jharkhand, 7,102 MT from Odisha, 6,384 MT from Gujarat, 1,360 from West Bengal, 488 MT from Maharashtra, 218 MT from Chhattisgarh and 164 MT from Andhra Pradesh for delivery all over the country.

Till now 344 oxygen expresses have transported 1,405 tankers with more than 23,741 MT of LMO to 15 states across the country.

The railways pressed oxygen expresses into service on 24 April in Maharashtra with a load of 126 MT.

While 614 MT of oxygen has been offloaded in Maharashtra, nearly 3,797 MT in Uttar Pradesh, 656 MT in Madhya Pradesh, 5,692 MT in Delhi, 2,135 MT in Haryana, 98 MT in Rajasthan, 2,674 MT in Karnataka, 320 MT in Uttarakhand, 2,348 MT in Tamil Nadu, 2,279 MT in Andhra Pradesh, 225 MT in Punjab, 513 MT in Kerala, 2,026 MT in Telangana, 38 MT in Jharkhand and 320 MT in Assam.

Criss crossing the country, the railways is picking up oxygen from places like Hapa , Baroda, Mundra in the West and Rourkela, Durgapur, Tatanagar, Angul in the East and then delivering it to 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.

Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Telangana have received more than 2,000 MT of LMO each from oxygen expresses.

Until now oxygen expresses offloaded LMO 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.

Other cities are Hyderabad in Telangana, Faridabad and Gurugram in Haryana, Tuglakabad, Delhi Cantt and Okhla in Delhi, Kota and Kanakpura in Rajasthan, Bengaluru in Karnataka, Dehradun in Uttarakhand, Nellore, Guntur, Tadipatri and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, Ernakulam in Kerala, Tiruvallur, Chennai, Tuticorin, Coimbatore and Madurai in Tamil Nadu, Bhatinda and Phillaur in Punjab, Kamrup in Assam and Ranchi in Jharkhand.

Arun Kumar Das is a senior journalist covering railways. He can be contacted at akdas2005@gmail.com.

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