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Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh seek oxygen trains

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on April 21, 2021

UP ties up with oxygen plants in Jamshedpur, Bokaro, Rourkela

With states like Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh asking railways regarding movement of oxygen carrying trucks using trains, the oxygen express will be run to other destinations as well. Earlier, Railways have already announced plans to run Oxygen Express to Maharashtra.

“We have received queries from Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh State Governments. Trains will be planned soon,” said Railway Ministry official.

On how many trains can be run to multiple locations in a no oxygen shortage situation, the official said, that “Railways has sufficient rolling stock. Rakes will be placed for loading as and when we get indents. State Governments are planning in consultation with us.”

Railways is already on track to run Oxygen Express, the trains so-named, which will use wagons of Indian Army wagons maintained by Railways, to carry oxygen to various destinations.

The first train is supposed to be loaded for Maharashtra. Delhi, which has been seeking oxygen from the Centre, has earlier said that oxygen meant for the state was getting diverted to other states and had sought Railway Minister Piyush Goyal's intervention to restore the supply to Delhi.

SOURCING POINTS

UP will be sourcing oxygen from Air Water, Jamshedpur; Inox Bokaro; Linde Rourkela. Madhya Pradesh has given Liquid Oxygen from Rourkela, Bokaro (to be moved to Bhopal) has been given on Wednesday at 1 PM by MP State Government. They have asked commercial and unloading point details.

Thereafter, planning of movement shall be done. Second oxygen special train -- carrying around seven-eight empty tankers -- from Lucknow to Bokaro and back will start Wednesday. Many more planned in coming days, said a railway official.

Pointing out that Maharashtra and Vishakhapatnam have made such arrangement, Awanish Kumar Awasthi from UP wrote to Railways on April 18 with a similar request seeking for availability of ramp that can manage these over dimensional-cargo. 

 

Published on April 21, 2021

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