The Railways is in talks with the Delhi government for transportation of liquid medical oxygen by Oxygen Express trains as the national capital faces an acute crisis of medical oxygen shortage and worsening health condition of Covid-19 patients.
Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have also requested the Railways to transport oxygen tankers from various plants across the country to their respective states.
“We have received a request from the Delhi government today that they would like to have a few Oxygen Express services,” Suneet Sharma, chairman & CEO, Railway Board, said on Friday. As most of the generation of LMO takes place in eastern India, Railways are working out the details and have told the Delhi government to keep the tankers ready.
“We have our wagons in place, so are the ramps at different locations in the NCR region and we expect this movement to start shortly. We will likely get the oxygen from Rourkela and are coordinating with the Delhi government very closely,” Sharma said.
Each tanker of the ‘Oxygen Express’ trains can carry around 16 tonne of medical oxygen and travel at a speed of around 65 kmph. The Railways are facing major challenges of transporting LMO, as this kind of movement has not been carried out before.