Amid the shortage of oxygen in the hospitals Maharashtra has left the first “Oxygen Express” carrying 7 empty tankers from near Mumbai on Monday to Visakhapatnam, where they will be filled with oxygen and transported back to Maharashtra, Central Railway (CR) said in a statement.
The train named Ro-Ro (roll-on-roll-off) with 7 empty tankers have left for Steel Plant in Visakhapatnam from Kalamboli goods yard in Navi Mumbai.
The tankers will be filled with liquid medical oxygen at Visakhapatnam Steel Plant and will be transported back to Maharashtra.
The state is facing a shortage of oxygen gas, which is needed to treat Covid ill patients.
“Railways is running its first Oxygen Express in its fight against COVID-19. The Ro-Ro service with 7 empty tankers departed from Kalamboli, Maharashtra for Vizag today. Oxygen Express will move via a green corridor for loading with Liquid Medical Oxygen, ” said the Railway Minister Polish Goyal by tweeting.
The Railway Ministry on Sunday had announced that it will run “Oxygen Express” and build a Green Corridor to facilitate the transportation of Liquid Medical Oxygen throughout the country.
The oxygen will be loaded from Visakhapatnam, Rourkela, Bokaro and Jamshedpur, said officials.