Oxygen Express Train (Photo- twitter.com/RailMinIndia)
Railways has planned to run Oxygen Express Trains to carry liquid medical oxygen (LMO) and oxygen cylinders.
The Ministry of Railways issued a statement and informed about the decision of Oxygen Express. Railway said that after technical trials, empty tankers will be sent from railway stations of Maharashtra to Vizag, Jamshedpur, Rourkela, Bokaro. Liquid medical oxygen (LMO) will be loaded in tankers at these places. Oxygen will then be transported to their destination by express train. Significantly, the Railways has taken this decision after the request of the Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh government.
Railways getting fully ready to Transport Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) and Oxygen Cylinders
Railways geared up to run OXYGEN ExpressGreen Corridor being created to fast movement of Oxygen Express Trainshttps://t.co/zSzK3noPRl pic.twitter.com/nENZikqEnV— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) April 18, 2021
Railways will arrange 3 lakh isolation bedsOn the other hand, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said that 50 Kovid-19 isolation coaches are ready at Shakurbasti station in Delhi, which has a facility of 800 beds. Similarly, 25 coaches will be available for corona patients at Anand Vihar station. On the demand of the states, the railways can arrange more than 3 lakh isolation beds across the country.
Govt under PM AreNarendraModi leading the fight against COVID-19: 50 COVID-19 isolation coaches with 800 beds ready at Shakur Basti Station & 25 coaches will be available at Anand Vihar Station in Delhi. Railways can setup >3 lakh isolation beds across the country on States’ demand pic.twitter.com/b9ehFnEgfI
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) April 18, 2021
Last year, 200 coaches were usedLast year too, 200 coaches could be used for hardly a few days. Some of these railway coaches were stationed at stations like Mau in eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bhagalpur in Bihar, Shakurbasti in Delhi and Anand Bihar. Also, they were also used in some places. But even at that time, Kovid coaches were not used on a large scale.