In a short span of 13 days, Indian Railways has brought more than 1,000 metric tonnes (MT) of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) to Andhra Pradesh, over the South Central Railway. With the arrival of 77.76 MT of LMO in four containers from Rourkela, Odisha at Krishnapatnam Port, the cumulative Medical Oxygen delivered to Andhra Pradesh (over SCR) totalled 1,068.59 MT.
Starting with the delivery of the first Oxygen Express to the State on May 15 from Durgapur to Krishnapatnam Port, the Indian Railways has so far operated 18 Oxygen Express trains bringing 1,068.59 MT of LMO through 66 tankers. All these trains have brought Medical Oxygen to Andhra Pradesh through container tankers.
Significantly, LMO has been delivered across various locations of AP over SCR – Krishnapatnam Port, Guntur and Tadipatri. Also, Oxygen Express trains to Andhra Pradesh have started from both the Eastern and Western parts of the country originating from West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand and Gujarat. While 10 trains have come from Odisha, four trains from Gujarat and two trains each from Jharkhand and West Bengal states.
Further, to meet the medical oxygen requirements of the States at the fastest possible time, Railways have been operating these trains along the Green Corridors to ensure minimum transportation time. Multi-disciplinary teams have also been formed to ensure that the Oxygen trains reach at the least possible time. As a result, the average time taken to transport these trains has been over 60 kmph.
Gajanan Mallya, General Manager, SCR complimented the officers and staff of the zone for transporting more than 1,000 MT of LMO to AP. He said that these trains are being operated with the highest sense of urgency so as to ensure that medical oxygen to the States reaches in the fastest possible time. He advised the team to continue the same level of monitoring so as to provide hassle-free and seamless operation of these trains.