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Indian Railways Delivers over 1,000 Metric Tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen to Andhra Pradesh in SCR

· A total of 1,069 MT of Medical Oxygen supplied through 18 trains loaded with 66 tankers over SCR

· Oxygen Express brings Medical Oxygen from four States to three destinations of Andhra Pradesh over SCR

In its o­ngoing efforts to overcome the impact of the COVID-19, Indian Railways continues to bring relief to the States by operating Oxygen Express trains for the speedy delivery of Medical Oxygen. As part of it, within a short span of 13 days, Indian Railways brings more than 1,000 MT of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) to the State of Andhra Pradesh, over South Central Railway.

With the arrival of 77.76 tonnes of LMO in 4 containers from Rourkela, Odisha at Krishnapatnam Port o­n 27.05.21, the cumulative Medical Oxygen delivered to Andhra Pradesh (over SCR) totaled 1068.59 MT. Starting with the delivery of the first Oxygen Express to the State o­n 15thMay 2021 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 state through Container tankers.

Significantly, the Medical Oxygen has been delivered across various locations of AP over SCR – Krishnapatnam Port, Guntur and Tadipatri. Also, the 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.

Shri Gajanan Mallya, General Manager, SCR complimented the Officers and Staff of the Zone for transporting more than 1,000 MT of LMO to the state of Andhra Pradesh. He said that these trains are being operated with a highest sense of urgency so as to ensure that Medical Oxygen to the States reaches in fastest possible time frame. He advised the team to continue same level of monitoring so as to provide hassle-free and seamless operation of these trains.

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