Oxygen Express ferries over 2,500 MT of load across India to battle Covid crisis
The Indian Railways has delivered 2,511 metric tonnes (MT) of liquid medical oxygen in 161 tankers to various states across the country, a statement released by the government on Thursday said.
As many as 40 'Oxygen Express' were run by the Indian Railways so far, while 22 more tankers are on the run with more than 400 tonnes of oxygen to various destinations, such as Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi.
The Railways said till Thursday evening at least 174 MT of oxygen has offloaded in Maharashtra, 689 MT in Uttar Pradesh, 190 MT in Madhya Pradesh, 259 MT in Haryana, 123 MT in Telangana and 1053 MT in Delhi.
The railways decided to run 'Oxygen Express' to transport liquid medical oxygen and oxygen cylinders late last month when the country reported acute shortage of medical oxygen amid a deadly second wave of coronavirus disease cases.