Karnataka’s first Oxygen Express reaches Bengaluru with 120 tonnes of oxygen
The first Oxygen Express to Karnataka, carrying 120 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen reached the city on Tuesday.
The first Oxygen Express train to Karnataka arrived in Bengaluru on Tuesday after it left Jamshedpur in Jharkhand carrying 120 tonnes of liquid oxygen on May 10. It arrived at the Container Corporation India at Whitefield in Bengaluru.
According to South Western Railway, the train consists six cryogenic containers -- a total of 120 tonnes of liquid oxygen.
A signal free ''Green Corridor'' was created by the Railways to enable swift transport of the Oxygen Express...," Chief Public Relations Officer of South Western Railway, Aneesh Hegde told PTI.
"The Railways has taken a lot of care in smooth transportation of the oxygen throughout the country by ensuring a green corridor, efficient maintenance of assets and several concessions such as exemption of development surcharge, busy season surcharge, Terminal Access Charge etc for Oxygen container transport," he said.
It comes at a time smaller hospitals in Bengaluru are reporting an acute shortage of liquid oxygen for medical purposes. Many hospitals in Bengaluru issued emergency appeals for oxygen in the past week. This included Arka Hospital, Medax Hospital, Mediscope Hospital, Chaitanya Hospital, BR Ambedkar Hospital, Railway Hospital, among others.
More than 4,700 MT oxygen has been delivered through Oxygen Express for Covid patients across the country so far.
In view of the alarming rise in coronavirus cases in Karnataka, which had been reporting 50,000 infections daily, the oxygen demand grew manifold.
Meanwhile, Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal in a tweet said, "In order to provide relief to COVID-19 patients, #OxygenExpress from Tatanagar has reached Bengaluru via Green corridor, with 6 containers of medical oxygen."
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