India is facing an acute shortage of oxygen cylinders. Railways have managed to deliver more than 150 metric tonnes of oxygen so far. Hospitals all over the nation are disintegrating as ambulances are lining up, and critical patients are waiting to get a chance for admission. The Indian railways will run ‘Oxygen Express’ trains across the next few days to transfer Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) and oxygen cylinders around the country as soon as possible, the national transporter said on Sunday.
The Indian railways have named this project ‘ Oxygen Express’. After running the very first oxygen express on April 19 between Mumbai and Vizag, 25 Oxygen express have finished their journey transporting 56 full tankers and 813 tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen. The Railways started rushing trains to move oxygen to the states of Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh on Thursday.
In addition, the railways have delivered 25 oxygen tankers to Uttar Pradesh, 10 to Maharashtra, 12 to Madhya Pradesh, five to Haryana, and even four to Delhi. The railways said, Haryana met its first and second Oxygen Express on Saturday – five tankers. The third Oxygen Express containing 30.6 MT LMO in two tankers has begun from Angul and is currently on its way to Haryana.
Empty tankers are starting their journey from Kalamboli and Boisar railway stations that fall in and close parts of Mumbai on Monday to pack LMO from Vizag, Jamshedpur Rourkela, and Bokaro said by the officials.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a meeting to keep a track of the oxygen supply across the country. Several courses of action have been taking place to rapidly increase the availability of cryogenic tankers and the conversion of nitrogen and argon tankers, importing and airlifting the tankers and manufacturing them, mentioned the Press Information Bureau.
Adding to the above A second meeting was held between Railway Board officials and star transport commissioners, including some of the representatives of the industry on April 17th on the issues regarding the transportation of Liquid Medical Oxygen.
Instructions have been passed to zonal railways to ensure that they are perfectly ready to receive the trailers and load them.
The Ramps have to be built and strengthened at many places, for instance, Vizag, Angul, Bhilai, and Kalamboli. The ramp at the Kalamboli was ready by April 19. Also, ramps at the other location will get ready before the tankers reach there. Piyush Goyal, India’s railway minister tweeted that a ” green corridor ” had been manufactured, which means that trains will not meet any red light and can move a faster and smooth journey.
The railways have managed to run 1,390 trains and 5,387 suburban services per day.
To clear the extra rush, the railways ran 370 additional trains due to emergency as there is a high demand for trains in Gorakhpur, Patna, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Bhagalpur, Varanasi, Guwahati, Manduadih, Barauni, Prayagraj, Bokaro, Ranchi, Lucknow, and Kolkata.