The first Oxygen Express loaded with 2 container tankers of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) has commenced its journey from Durgapur in West Bengal to Krishnapatnam Port in Andhra Pradesh. These container tankers after getting filled with Liquid Medical Oxygen have commenced their journey to Krishnapatnam Port in Andhra Pradesh. The two container tankers together are carrying 40 Metric Tonnes of oxygen.
The Liquid Oxygen being transported in these tanks is a cryogenic cargo which has many limitations like maximum speed at which it can be carried, maximum acceleration & deceleration and loading restrictions (like availability of liquid oxygen tankers, loading ramps etc). The Route Mapping of the train along with green corridor is done taking in to consideration of all these factors (including ensuring adequate clearance along the route in terms of curves, RUBs and FOBs, etc).
The Oxygen Express trains have been started by the Indian Railways to provide safe, secure, hassle-free and fast transportation of Oxygen to the different parts of the country during these critical times. Under this initiative, the road tankers (both empty as well as loaded) are transported by the railways through Ro-Ro (Roll on - Roll Off) service. The Oxygen Express trains are operated at the request of the State Governments. While the States provide the tankers, the Railways undertake to bring the Oxygen supplies to the requisitioning State in fastest feasible mode.
Accordingly, SCR has been operating these trains to meet the needs of the States covered by the zone. The Zone has also operated four Oxygen Express trains for the state of Telangana. Now, the first train has commenced its journey from Durgapur with Liquid Medical Oxygen filled tankers for a distance 1650 kms, is expected to reach the Krishnapatnam Port in Andhra Pradesh tomorrow i.e., on 15/04/21.
Shri Gajanan Mallya, General Manager, SCR has assured that the Railways will continue to provide utmost priority to the running of the Oxygen Express trains. Any request received on this front will be immediately processed so as to operate the trains at the earliest. He advised all Officers and Staff to maintain continuous monitoring of the movement of this train along the green corridor.