In what can be said as a landmark move by the Indian Railways to help in combating the covid-19 crisis, “Oxygen Express Trains” will be introduced over the next few days to transport liquid medical oxygen and oxygen cylinders across the country enable the hospitals to treat the patients without any obstructions.
With the spike in the second wave of Covid-19 positive cases across India, the utmost demand for medical oxygen in the country has gone through the roof. For the first time in the history of Indian Railways, empty tankers will begin their journey from Kalamboli and Boisar railway stations near Mumbai on Monday to Vizag, Jamshedpur, Rourkela and Bokaro for loading of liquid medical oxygen, the press statement said.
According to the press release issued by the Indian Railways, many states like Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra state governments had earlier approached the Railways Ministry to explore the supply of oxygen for medical purposes through tankers moved by the rail network. Accordingly, on receipt of the request from the two states, the Railways immediately explored the technical feasibility of transportation of liquid medical oxygen. And this transportation of medical oxygen will on the roll-on-roll-off mode with road tankers placed on flat wagons.
Speaking to Hello Vizag, a senior official of the Railway Board, said that “since the first empty tankers will move on April 19, we hope to begin operations of Oxygen Express over the next few days and we would be able to send oxygen wherever there is such demand. For faster movement of Oxygen express trains, an exclusive Green Corridor is being created. Instructions regarding the transportation of liquid medical oxygen and to ensure readiness to receive the trailers and load them back, have been given to state transport commissioners and representatives also. Exclusive ramps have to be built at Vizag, Angul and Bhilai and the existing ramp at Kalamboli is to be strengthened. In addition to the above places, ramps would also be ready in other locations in a couple of days by the time the tankers reach those locations,” the Railway Ministry said.