Indian Railways expands OXYGEN Express Operations to Haryana and Telangana

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Oxygen Express Operations of Indian Railways continued to bring relief to the States as its operations expanded to the States of Haryana & Telangana after Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi.

  • Continuing the momentum, there are three more trains on the run either carrying Liquid Oxygen or on the way to the loading plants. It is expected that cumulative liquid medical oxygen (LMO) carried by Indian railways will reach almost 640 MT in next 24 hrs.
  • Uttar Pradesh received its Oxygen express no. 5 carrying 76.29 MT of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) on 29th April, 2021 in 5 tankers. 
  • 1 Tanker was offloaded in Varanasi while remaining 4 tankers are offloaded in Lucknow. 
  • Train no. 6 is already on its way to Lucknow and is expected to arrive today i.e. 30 Apr 2021 carrying 33.18 MT LMO in 4 tankers. Another empty rake is expected to leave Lucknow today for bringing next set of oxygen tankers.
  • Haryana will receive its first Oxygen express as a train with two tankers is expected to leave Angul (Orissa) on 29th April. 
  • Empty rake from Faridabad to Rourkela is also on its way and is expected to reach tonight. 
  • Continuous stream of Oxygen trains to Haryana will ensure oxygen replenishment to the Covid-19 patients in the state.
  • Telangana Govt. has also requested Indian Railways for Oxygen express. 
  • An empty rake is on its way from Secunderabad to Angul with 5 empty tankers and is expected to reach Angul today.
  • Railways is in full preparedness for providing oxygen transportation services to all the states in need. In the ongoing operation, States provide tankers to the Railways.
  • Railways then proceeds in the fastest feasible mode to bring the Oxygen supplies from the locations and delivers it the requisitioning State. 
  • The deployment and use of this Oxygen is done by the State Government.
  • Liquid Oxygen being a cryogenic cargo has many limitations like maximum speed at which it can be carried, maximum acceleration & deceleration and loading restrictions like availability of liquid oxygen tankers and loading ramps etc. 
  • Route mapping also takes care of the maximum clearances available along the route (because of various RUBs and FOBs).

Transportation of Oxygen: 

Indian Railways is continuing its journey of delivering liquid medical oxygen to various parts of the country. As on 28.04.2021, more than 510 metric tonnes of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) have been delivered to Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh & Delhi.

  • Haryana Govt. has also requested Railways for Oxygen Express. 
  • Currently, tankers are being loaded in Faridabad, which will be sent for filling to Rourkela. 
  • As of now, It is planned that 2 Oxygen Express with a capacity of 5 tankers each will be run specifically for Haryana.
  • Madhya Pradesh has received its first Oxygen Express carrying more than 64 metric tonnes of liquid medical oxygen today early morning. 
  • These tankers were unloaded at various locations in Madhya Pradesh in cities like Jabalpur (1 Tanker), Bhopal (2 Tankers) & Sagar (3 Tankers).
  • 4th Oxygen Express destined for Lucknow reached on 28th April, 2021 carrying three tankers of LMO. 
  • Another empty rake is on its way (6th) from Lucknow to Bokaro, which will bring another set of oxygen tankers replenishing oxygen supply to Uttar Pradesh. 
  • Continuous Oxygen Express to Uttar Pradesh is ensuring uninterrupted oxygen replenishment to the residents of UP.
  • So far, Indian Railways has delivered 202 metric tonnes to Uttar Pradesh, 174 metric tonnes to Maharashtra, 70 metric tonnes to Delhi and Madhya Pradesh 64 metric tonnes.

Source: PIB-Press Release | Image Credit: MoR

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