At a time when Delhi is facing the worst oxygen crisis of its time, the first Oxygen Express train for Delhi carrying around 70 tonnes of the life-saving gas has reached the national capital early Tuesday morning.
This oxygen will now be disbursed by the Delhi government to various hospitals, as has been informed. Earlier, the railways had said that it has chalked out plans to transport medical oxygen from Angul, Kalingnagar, Rourkela and Raigarh to Delhi and NCR region, however, there is no information on the second train to the capital city.
Union Minister of Railways, Commerce & Industry Piyush Goyal took to twitter to announce the news
Delhi recorded 20,201 new cases, 380 deaths in the last 24 hours- the highest till date. Earlier, on Thursday and Saturday, the capital had reported 357 deaths in a day. The positivity rate stood at over 35 per cent, according to the bulletin issued by the city health department.
Facing oxygen shortage at its hospitals, North Delhi Municipal Corporation on Monday got an initial approval from the Centre to set up oxygen plants at Hindu Rao, Rajan Babu and Balak Ram hospitals. The municipal corporation mayor Jai Prakash stated that the project would be funded by Indian Oil Corporation under its CSR activity, while the plants would be established in 35 to 45 days from the date of approval. Currently, two hospitals have tanks with oxygen capacity of 10,000 and 6,000 cubic metres, which are supplied to beds through pipes.