As India is dealing with the unprecedented crisis of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), Indian railways are gearing up to run special “Oxygen Express” trains to transport liquid medical oxygen (LMO) and oxygen cylinders across the country over the next few days. “Availability of oxygen is a key element in the treatment of certain medical conditions in the Covid infection,” it said in the official announcement.
On Saturday, the railways formulated guidelines to allow transportation of liquid medical oxygen in cryogenic tankers after the Maharashtra government and Madhya Pradesh made a request to meet the shortage of the gas used for Covid-19 patients in the state.
Here’s everything you need to know about the special initiative of Indian Railways:
* The liquid medical oxygen will be transported via roll on-roll off (Ro-Ro) service with road tankers placed on flat wagons to various destinations.
* On April 17, a meeting was held between Railway board officials, state transport commissioners and representatives of industry regarding the issues related to the transportation of LMO. It was decided that the tankers will be organised by the transport commissioner of Maharashtra.
These empty tankers will then be moved from Kalamboli and Boisar, Railway stations in Mumbai, and sent to Vizag station in Andhra Pradesh and Jamshedpur, Rourkela and Bokaro in Jharkhand for loading of liquid medical oxygen tankers.