The Indian Railways will transport 200 metric tonnes of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) to Bangladesh in 10 containers via the Oxygen Express for the first time ever.
“The Indian Railways' Oxygen Express is set to embark on its journey to Bangladesh. This is the first time ever that the Oxygen Express is put into operation to the neighbouring country. Today, an indent was placed at Tata in Chakradharpur Division under South Eastern Railway to transport 200 MT of LMO to Benapole in Bangladesh,” the Ministry of Railways said in an official statement.
The loading of the LMO was done today morning around 9:30 am.
“It may be noted that Oxygen Expresses were started by Indian Railways on 24 April 2021 to provide respite to Indian states requiring medical Oxygen. More than 35,000 MT of LMO was transported to 15 states. Around 480 Oxygen Expresses were operationalised,” the Indian Railways said.
The demand for liquid medical oxygen in India was at around 9,000 MT during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic while the requirement was 3,095 MT during the first wave.