The second Oxygen Express, carrying oxygen from Durgapur in West Bengal, left for Delhi. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted on Saturday, “Oxygen tankers are being placed from Durgapur in West Bengal on the Oxygen Express to provide liquid therapeutic oxygen (LMO) to patients in Delhi.”
The first such type of train reached Delhi from Chhattisgarh, through which 70 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen was transported. This will be the first Oxygen Express, carrying oxygen in a container provided by Singapore.
These sustained operations will speed up distribution of Liquid Medical Oxygen for treating COVID-19 patients across 🇮🇳. pic.twitter.com/CaRb8wbwC7
– Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) May 1, 2021
Officials said the containers were kept in the bogie of the Oxygen Express and the train left for Delhi at quarter to one in the afternoon. It will take about 18 hours for the train to reach Delhi. This second train will transport 120 tonnes of oxygen to Delhi. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Railways informed that two Oxygen Express will also be arriving in Haryana soon.
He told that two trains carrying 47.11 tonne LMO in three tankers from Raulkela and about 32 tonne LMO in two tankers from Angul left for Haryana. Earlier, the Haryana government sent empty tankers from Hindon to Bhubaneswar via freight planes and the filled tankers were sent from Angul via train to Faridabad.
Railways have transported 664 LMOs to various states till Friday, out of which 174 tonnes have been delivered in Maharashtra, 356.47 tonnes in Uttar Pradesh, 47.37 tonnes in Madhya Pradesh and 70 tonnes in Delhi.