Till now has run four oxygen express and transported 373 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen
Keeping in pace with Indian Railways efforts of running Oxygen Express trains to various states across the country, Western Railway has run two more Oxygen Express carrying Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) thereby strengthening the united fight against COVID-19 and for bringing relief to the COVID patients and their families.
According to a press release issued by Sumit Thakur – Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, on 4th May, 2021, Western Railway ran two Oxygen Express trains towards the Delhi region. One of the Oxygen Express departed from Hapa in Gujarat at 04.40 hrs on 4th May, 2021 for Delhi Cantt., consisting of 5 tankers which contained 104 tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen. These Tankers are provided by M/s Reliance Industries, Jamnagar. It will reach Delhi Cantt. in the morning of 5th May, 2021 after covering a distance of 1230 km.
Similarly, the other Oxygen Express departed for Tughlakabad from Mundra Port at 06.20 hrs on 4th May, 2021. It will reach its destination in early morning of 5th May, 2021.This train consists of 7 tankers containing 140 tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen. These Tankers were shipped from UAE and arrived at Mundra Port.
Thakur stated that till now, Western Railway has run 4 Oxygen Express trains and transported approx. 373 tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO). The Oxygen Express which started from Hapa on May 3, 2021 reached Gurugram for Delhi region, at 03.10 hrs on 4th May, 2021. It was given top priority and was run with all safety measures, being a cryogenic cargo. The train was run at an average speed of about 53 kmph by providing a through corridor, so that it could reach the destination within the shortest possible time.
Overcoming all hurdles and finding new solutions, Indian Railways is continuing its journey of bringing relief by delivering Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) to various states across the country in a mission mode. With Oxygen Express, Railways is ensuring that the medical oxygen is made available to COVID-19 patients, thus bringing respite to the patients who are in dire need of oxygen.
So far, upto 3rd May, 2021, Indian Railways has delivered approx. 1125 MT of LMO in 76 tankers to various states across the country viz. Maharashtra (174 MT), Uttar Pradesh (430.51 MT), Madhya Pradesh (156.96 MT), Delhi (190 MT), Haryana (109.71 MT) & Telangana (63.6 MT).