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Railways' first 'Oxygen Express' service leaves from Kalamboli with seven tankers

As per reports, seven empty tankers left for Vizag on the RoRo trains on April 19, 2021. Once filled with liquid medical oxygen, these are expected to return to Kalamboli.

Railways' first 'Oxygen Express' service leaves from Kalamboli with seven tankers
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The second COVID-19 wave in India has raised the concerns for healthcare workers, citizens and the government, as the country has seen a significant rise in coronavirus case along with a shortage of healthcare supplies. Oxygen cylinders, ventilators, hospital beds, etc. are insufficient to treat the patients infected with the virus, and every state government is working hard to fight the virus.

Similar efforts are being taken by the Maharashtra Government hoping to ensure adequate supply for the needy. Keeping the same in mind, officials on April 19, 2021, stated that a freight train with seven empty tankers left for Visakhapatnam (Vizag) from Kalamboli Freight Yard through the Ro-Ro service. This is because the Railways is preparing to run Oxygen Express which will help in the ongoing fight against the novel coronavirus.

Updates shared by the concerned department states that the train left Kalamboli yard at 8.05 am on Monday, April 19, 2021. Experts state that the freight train with the empty tankers will proceed via Vasai Road, Jalgaon, Nagpur, and other stations to the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant Siding in East-Coast Railway Zone to receive the supply of liquid medical oxygen. Once filled, these tankers will return to Kalamboli. 

Similar services on the 'Oxygen Express' are also expected to run from Palghar's Boisar railway yard whereby 32 tankers can be placed on the trains. Discussions are being held with the railways to understand the procedure of transporting liquid oxygen.

Similar efforts were taken previous year during the first coronavirus wave, where the railways transported essential goods and maintained a supply chain by offering continuous to serve the nation during the crisis.

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