Bhubaneawar, May 31: The East Coast Railway (ECoR) has taken up the lead role for transportation of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) in a major way for saving lives of COVID-19 patients and till today, it has carried 2600.02 tons of LMO from different steel plants of its jurisdiction towards different States, said an official release.
The first rake of loaded LMO by Indian Railways was was sent from Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited, Visakhapatnam to Nagpur and Nasik, according to a ECoR release.
At least 40 Oxygen Express Special Trains loaded with Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) in 162 containers were sent from ECoR jurisdiction towards different States of the Country.
Loaded LMO rakes form Durgapur, Tatanagar, and Rourkela going towards Secunderabad, Chennai and Bangalore have also been passing through ECoR jurisdiction with top priority.
Out of the 40 Oxygen Express special trains from ECoR jurisdiction, almost half of them received by Delhi and Haryana areas.
About 1010.09 tons of LMO through 63 containers in 19 Oxygen Express Trains arw transported to Delhi and Haryana. Oxygen Express Trains from ECoR jurisdiction have also been sent to Maharastra, Telangana, Kerala, Tamilnadu & Karnatak States.
The ECoR has carried 545.31 tons of LMO to Maharashtra, 117.9 tons to Kerala, 685.7 tons to Telengana, 120 tons to Tamilnadu and 120.98 tons to Karnataka.
The East Coast Railway is providing Food packets and water bottles for the crew members of all Oxygen Express Special Trains going to various States in ECoR jurisdiction. Apart from the Crew members, the staffs of Road Vehicles carried in trains are also being taken care in ECoR jurisdiction.
Steel Plants like Tata Bhusan Limited and Jindal Steel & Power Limited at Angul and Tata Steel Limited at Kalinga Nagar have contributed majorly in Oxygen loading from ECoR jurisdiction.
Till now, 33 Oxygen Express Trains loaded with LMO sent from Angul area, six from Kalinga Nagar area and one from Visakhapatnam area towards various States from ECoR jurisdiction for saving life of patients affected in COVID-19 infection in this pandemic.