New Delhi: Indian Railways continues to deliver Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) to various states of the country by overcoming all hurdles and coming up with innovative solutions. Oxygen Express has set a new record by crossing 32400 MT in delivering Liquid Medical Oxygen to the service of the nation. So far, about 32464 metric tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) has been transported by Indian Railways in more than 1854 tankers to various states of the country. It is to be known that 448 Oxygen Express trains have completed their journey and provided assistance to various states.
Oxygen Express crossed 18000 MT in delivery of Liquid Medical Oxygen to Southern states of the country.
Oxygen Express has so far transported more than 3300, 4100, 4300 and 5600 MT LMOs to the southern states of the country Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu respectively.
Till the issue of this release, 2 Oxygen Express trains are carrying more than 153 MT LMO in 8 tankers.
Oxygen Express started its operations 56 days back on 24th April with delivery of 126 MT of Liquid Medical Oxygen in Maharashtra.
It has been the endeavor of Indian Railways to deliver as much oxygen as possible in the shortest possible time to the oxygen requesting states.
Oxygen Express has provided oxygen support to 15 states – Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Telangana, Punjab, Kerala, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Assam.
Till issuance of this release 614 MT Oxygen in Maharashtra, about 3797 in Uttar Pradesh, 656 MT in Madhya Pradesh, 5722 MT in Delhi, 2354 MT in Haryana, 98 MT in Rajasthan, 4333 MT in Karnataka, 320 MT in Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu 5674 MT in Andhra Pradesh, 4190 MT in Andhra Pradesh, 225 MT in Punjab, 513 MT in Kerala, 3366 MT in Telangana, 38 MT in Jharkhand and 560 MT in Assam.
So far Oxygen Express has transported LMOs to about 39 towns/cities in 15 states across the country. These cities include 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. , Tughlakabad in Delhi, Delhi Cantt and Okhla, Kota and Kanakapara 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 , Bathinda and Phillaur in Punjab, Kamrup in Assam and Ranchi in Jharkhand.
Railways have mapped various routes with oxygen supply locations and prepared themselves as per the growing requirement of the states. The state provides the tankers to bring the LMOs to the Indian Railways.
In a complex operational route planning scenario from across the country, Indian Railways has carried oxygen from Hapa, Baroda, Mundra in the West, Rourkela, Durgapur, Tata Nagar, Angul in the East to Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Oxygen has been delivered to Telangana, Punjab, Kerala, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Assam.
To ensure faster delivery of Oxygen assistance, Railways is setting new and unprecedented standards in Oxygen Express freight running. In most of the long distance cases, the average speed of the goods train has been more than 55 kms. Keeping in view the emergency situation in the high priority Green Corridor, the operational teams of various divisions are working in extremely challenging conditions to deliver oxygen in the fastest possible time. The technical stoppage for change of personnel in various sections has been reduced to 1 minute.
Rail routes have been kept open and high vigil is being maintained so that Oxygen Express reaches on time.
All this work is being done in such a way that other freight operations are not affected.
Carrying out new oxygen is a very dynamic task and the figures change all the time. More Oxygen Express trains will start the journey late at night.