With Over 20,000 Tonnes Of Oxygen Delivery, Indian Railways Marks Yet Another Milestone

by Arun Kumar Das - May 30, 2021 10:17 AM +05:30 IST
With Over 20,000 Tonnes Of Oxygen Delivery, Indian Railways Marks Yet Another MilestoneAn oxygen tanker at a railway station.
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  • Braving all hurdles in the time of the pandemic, the public transporter has pressed over 300 Oxygen Expresses into service to deliver liquid medical oxygen at several destinations.

Reaching out to various states, oxygen service of Indian Railways has crossed a milestone of delivering over 20,000 million tonnes of emergency medical aid to 39 cities across the country.

Braving all hurdles in the time of the pandemic, the public transporter has pressed over 300 Oxygen Expresses into service to deliver liquid medical oxygen at several destinations.

Carrying 1,237 tankers of LMO, 305 Oxygen Expresses have delivered the emergency medical aid to 15 States.

According to the Railways, it has delivered about 20,770 MT of LMO
to various states across the country till Saturday.

As much as 614 MT of oxygen has been offloaded in Maharashtra, nearly 3,731 MT in Uttar Pradesh, 656 MT in Madhya Pradesh, 5,327 MT in Delhi, 1,967 MT in Haryana, 98 MT in Rajasthan, 1,994 MT in Karnataka, 320 MT in Uttarakhand, 1,735 MT in Tamil Nadu, 1,668 MT in Andhra Pradesh, 225 MT in Punjab, 380 MT in Kerala, 1,770 MT in Telangana, 38 MT in Jharkhand and 240 MT in Assam thus far.

In its endeavour to deliver as much LMO in the shortest time possible to needy states, Railways has ensured smooth passage of Oxygen Expresses. The average speed of these critical freight trains is way above 55 kmph in most cases over long distances. Running on high priority Green Corridors, with the highest sense of urgency, operational teams of various zones are working round-the-clock in the most challenging circumstances to ensure oxygen reaches the needy in the fastest possible time frame.

Till now, Oxygen Expresses offloaded LMO in around 39 cities in 15 states across the country including 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 Cantonment and Okhla in Delhi, Kota and Kanakpura in Rajasthan, Bengaluru in Karnataka, Dehradun in Uttarakhand, Nellore, Guntur, Tadiparti 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.

The Railways has mapped different routes with oxygen supply locations and keeps itself ready for any emerging need of the States. States provide tankers to the Indian Railways for bringing in the LMO.

Criss-crossing the country, Indian 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 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.

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


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