The Indian Railways' first Oxygen Express train begin operations from Monday evening. It will be a roll-on-roll-off service with seven empty tankers departed from Maharashtra's Kalamboli goods yard for Visakhapatnam steel plant. From Vizag it will be loaded with medical oxygen for Maharashtra. The service of Oxygen Express trains was announced by Railways Minister Piyush Goyal on Sunday evening and a ramp was built by the Central Railway at Kalamboli overnight to facilitate loading of the roll-on-roll-off oxygen trucks on the train. The rolling stock for the same has been funded by the Indian Army and is maintained by the Railways. Let us take a look at some of the images of Indian Railways' Oxygen Express train:
Directly and indirectly, more than 15 lakh people are getting employment from the road-transport industry of Gujarat.
Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra state governments had earlier approached the Railways Ministry to explore whether liquid medical oxygen tankers could be moved by the rail network, officials said. (Reuters Photo)
The first Oxygen Express to Karnataka is also on the way to Bangalore with 120 MT of LMO.
The roll-on-roll-off service with seven empty tankers departed from Kalamboli goods yard for Visakhapatnam steel plant siding at 8.05 pm on Monday. (PTI Photo)
A meeting was held between Railway Board officials and state transport commissioners and representatives of the industry on April 17 on issues related to transportation of liquid medical oxygen. (Reuters Photo)
While UP got 25 oxygen tankers, Maharashtra received 10 tankers, MP got 12, Haryana got five and Delhi got four. Delhi is set to receive 120 MT of LMO in six tankers from Durgapur in the next 24 hours.
In order to enable commercial booking and freight payment for roll-on-roll-off movement of liquid medical oxygen in cryogenic tankers, the Railway Ministry had issued a circular on April 16 providing all necessary details and guidance on the matter. (PTI Photo)