New Delhi, May 29
Continuing its relief journey by delivering liquid medical oxygen (LMO) to various states across the country, Indian Railways have delivered over 20,770 metric tons of LMOs to more than 1,237 tankers to various states across the country, according to an official statement.
In another move, India’s railways loaded 35,015 million tonnes of freight – such as coal, containers, minerals, ores and cement – through May 28 this month, recording a growth of 40 % compared to same period last year, according to railroad data in May. 29. On a year-to-date basis for the current fiscal year, the railways transported 72,771 million tonnes of freight, representing growth of 51.46 percent year-over-year.
Freight growth rates for the month so far are on a low basis as the country was under a nationwide lockdown triggered by Covid-19 at the same time last year. While India is currently facing a second wave, the nature of the lockdowns is different this year.
This year, as India slips into Wave 2, the railroads carry Oxygen Express – which are freight trains carrying oxygen to various parts of the country. According to the release, Oxygen Expresses began deliveries 35 days back on April 24.
Indian railways now take oxygen from places like Hapa, Vadodara, Mundra in the west and Rourkela, Durgapur, Tatanagar, Angul in the east and then deliver it to the states of Uttarakhand, Karnataka, from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil. Nadu, Haryana, Telangana, Punjab, Kerala, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Assam in complex operational route planning scenarios, the statement added.
Assam received its third Oxygen Express on Saturday with 80 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) in four tankers. Among the Southern States, the delivery of LMOs to Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Telangana exceeded 1,600 MT each. Oxygen Relief by Oxygen Expresses has reached 15 states — Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Telangana, Punjab, Kerala, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Assam.
So far, Oxygen Expresses unloaded LMOs in around 39 towns / villages in 15 states across the country, namely 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, Delhi Cantt and Okhla in Delhi, Kota and Kanakpara in Rajasthan, Bengaluru in Karnataka, Dehradhandun in Uttarakabad, Delhi Cantt and Okhla in Delhi, Kota and Kanakpara in Rajasthan, Bengaluru in Karnataka, Dehradhandun in Uttarakabad Nellore, Gunturnam, Tadipatri and Visadipatri, Ernakulam in Kerala, Tiruvallur, Chennai, Tuticorin, Coimbatore and Madurai in Tamil Nadu, Bhatinda and Phillaur in Punjab, Kamrup in Assam and Ranchi in Jharkhand.
Railways have mapped different routes with oxygen supply locations and stand ready for any emerging states need. States supply tankers to Indian railways to bring in LMOs.