GUWAHATI: Assam is expected to receive its first ‘Oxygen Express’ on Sunday evening after the Centre has sent four oxygen tankers for the state and other northeastern states.
The Oxygen Express left from Tatanagar station of Jharkhand on May 22 at 5.55 pm carrying four containers with 80T of oxygen to reach Inland Container Depot, Amingaon here.
Railways has mapped different routes with Oxygen supply locations and keep itself ready with any emerging need of the States. States provide tankers to the Indian Railways for bringing Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO).
The average speed of these critical freight trains is way above 55 in most cases over long distances. Running on high priority Green Corridor, with the highest sense of urgency, operational teams of various zones are working round the clock in most challenging circumstances to ensure that Oxygen reaches in the fastest possible time frame.
Technical stoppages have been reduced to 1 minute for crew changes over different sections.
Tracks are kept open and high alertness is maintained to ensure that Oxygen Express keeps zipping through. All this is done in a manner that the speed of other freight operations doesn’t get reduced as well.
Oxygen relief by Oxygen Expresses reached out to 13 states namely Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Telangana, Punjab, Kerala, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.