New Delhi: Indian Railways on Saturday said that it has crossed the mark of delivering 25,000 MT of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) in 1500 tankers to the various part of the country so far.
Sharing details, it said that a total of 368 Oxygen Expresses complete Oxygen deliveries so far and brought relief to 15 States.
As of now, the Indian Railways has delivered more than 25629 MT of LMO in more than 1503 tankers to various states across the country, an official said.
Noting that 368 Oxygen Expresses have completed their journey so far and the states, it has offloaded 614 MT of Oxygen in Maharashtra, nearly 3797 MT in Uttar Pradesh, 656 MT in Madhya Pradesh, 5790 MT in Delhi, 2212 MT in Haryana, 98 MT in Rajasthan, 3097 MT in Karnataka, 320 MT in Uttarakhand, 2787 MT in Tamil Nadu, 2602 MT in Andhra Pradesh, 225 MT in Punjab, 513 MT in Kerala, 2474 MT in Telangana, 38 MT in Jharkhand and 400 MT in Assam.
The Oxygen Expresses started their deliveries 42 days back on April 24 in Maharashtra with a load of 126 MT.
Oxygen relief by Oxygen Expresses reached out to 39 cities/towns in 15 states across the country namely Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur, Bareilly, Gorakhpur, Agra in Uttar Pradesh, Sagar, Jabalpur, Katni, Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, Nagpur, Nashik, Pune, Mumbai , Solapur in Maharashtra, Hyderabad in Telangana, Faridabad and Gurugram in Haryana, Tuglakabad, Delhi Cantt and Okhla in Delhi, Kota, Kanakpara 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, Bhatinda and Phillaur in Punjab, Kamrup in Assam and Ranchi in Jharkhand.
Criss crossing the country, Indian Railways 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 and Assam in complex operational route planning scenarios.
In order to ensure that Oxygen relief reaches in the fastest time possible, Railways has creating new standards and unprecedented benchmarks 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, running on high priority Green Corridor, with a highest sense of urgency, operational teams of various zones are working round the clock in most challenging circumstances to ensure that Oxygen reaches in fastest possible time frame.
The technical stoppages have been reduced to one minute for crew changes over different sections whereas tracks are kept open and high alertness has been maintained to ensure that Oxygen Express keeps zipping through.