Railways continue Oxygen transportation with full strength despite cyclone threat
Western Railway has not let the cyclone Tauktae affect its Mission Oxygen Supply and WR is carrying Oxygen(LMO) from its terminals at Hapa, Mundra and Vadodara in Gujarat’s cyclone affected areas without any break. Western Railway has carried 214 tonnes on 16th May and 151 tonnes on 17th May from Gujarat to various parts of the country.
WR started carrying the oxygen tankers from 25th April 2021 and is carrying on average 134 tonnes oxygen daily. Till today WR has carried 3057 tonnes of oxygen from its terminals and is continuing to arrange the loading and transporting LMO despite cyclone, ensuring uninterrupted supply of oxygen to the states.
Central Railway is also fully prepared to handle any situation arising out of cyclone and keeping the oxygen express movement normal. On 17th May, CR transported 8 empty Oxygen tankers from Nagpur to Angul, Odisha for filling (LMO) and carrying back to Nagpur.
Alok Kansal, General Manager, Western and Central Railway convened a high-level meeting and issued instructions for planning and readiness for handing situation arising out of cyclone. He is personally monitoring the LMO transportation during the cyclone and has spoken the Chief Secretary of Gujrat and Municipal Commissioner of MCGM for extending full support by railways in handling the cyclone and also in continuing the transportation of oxygen even in this adverse situation.
According to a press release issued by Sumit Thakur – Chief Public Relations Officer, Western Railway carried 214 tonnes & 151 tonnes of LMO respectively to various parts of the country on 16th and 17th, May, 2021. On 16th May, 2021, Western Railway ran three Oxygen Express trains from Hapa in Gujarat. Out of these, two were bound to Delhi Cantt. while the other was run to Kankpura, Uttar Pradesh. The Tankers were provided by M/s Reliance Industries, Jamnagar. On 17th May, 2021, Western Railway ran an Oxygen Express train from Vadodara to Delhi Cantt. The tankers were supplied by M/s. Arcelor Mittal Nippon Steel. Another Oxygen Express was run from Hapa to Delhi Cantt.
Thakur further stated that till now Western Railway has run 34 Oxygen Express trains carrying 3057 tonnes of LMO to the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh.