Post Date : June 4, 2021
Despite the challenges posed by the COVID pandemic, the Indian Railways has been overcoming all hurdles and finding new solutions to bring relief by delivering Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) to several states across the country.
Till date the Railways has successfully delivered more than 23741 MT of LMO in more than 1405 tankers. And, 344 Oxygen Expresses have completed their journey so far.
Supporting the Railways in its Journey are states like Jharkhand, Odisha and Gujarat, which are the top 3 contributors to the Oxygen Express Deliveries.
Jharkhand, Odisha and Gujarat are top 3 contributors to Oxygen Express deliveries.— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) June 3, 2021
Oxygen Expresses deliver more than 23741 MT of LMO to the Nation.
344 Oxygen Expresses complete Oxygen deliveries across the country.https://t.co/lyqytEONYl pic.twitter.com/g1OtPn37dB
So far, Oxygen Expresses have loaded 8025 MT LMO from Jharkhand, 7102 MT from Odisha, 6384 MT from Gujarat. Apart from these states like West Bengal (1360 MT), Maharashtra (488 MT), Chhattisgarh (218 MT) and Andhra Pradesh (164 MT) have also played a significant role in helping the Railways with the delivery of LMO across the country.
The Railways, criss crossing the entire nation its Journey, and 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 & Assam in complex operational route planning scenarios.
The Southern States of India like Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Telangana have received more than 2000 MT of Liquid Medical Oxygen(LMO) each from Oxygen Expresses.
By making delivery of as much oxygen as possible in the shortest time its only mission the Railways has tirelessly delivered oxygen relief by Oxygen Expresses to 15 different states namely Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Telangana, Punjab, Kerala, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Assam.
Till the time of this release, 614 MT of Oxygen has been offloaded in Maharashtra, nearly 3797 MT in Uttar Pradesh, 656 MT in Madhya Pradesh, 5692 MT in Delhi, 2135 MT in Haryana, 98 MT in Rajasthan, 2674 MT in Karnataka, 320 MT in Uttarakhand, 2348 MT in Tamil Nadu, 2279 MT in Andhra Pradesh, 225 MT in Punjab, 513 MT in Kerala, 2026 MT in Telangana, 38 MT in Jharkhand and 320 MT in Assam.
The IR has mapped different routes with Oxygen supply locations and keeps itself on its toes to serve the state and meet its emerging need. States provide tankers to the Indian Railways for bringing LMO.
Ensuring timely and seamless delivery of oxygen across the nation, Railways is setting new records in running of Oxygen Express Freight Trains. The average speed of these critical Freight trains is way above 55 in most cases over long distances. Furthermore, these rails are run on high priority Green Corridor, with operational teams of various zones working round the clock in most challenging circumstances to ensure the fastest delivery of Oxygen. The Technical stoppages have also been reduced to 1 minute for crew changes over different sections.
Railways is also ensuring that the tracks are kept open and high alertness is maintained to ensure that Oxygen Express keeps zipping through. While IR has ensured fastest delivery of Oxygen Express, it has also ensured that there is no adverse affect of the same on the other freight operation.