Vijayawada, May 15: The first Oxygen Express to Andhra Pradesh was chugged into Krishnapatnam Port on Saturday with two containers carrying 40 metric tonnes of liquid medical oxygen (LMO). This train commenced from Durgapur in West Bengal and traversed a distance of nearly 1,650 kilometres in around 27 hours. The Railways operated the train along the ‘Green Corridor’ set up to allow trains of the Oxygen Express race at an average speed of 65kmph.
Since May, four Oxygen Express trains have carried oxygen supplies to Telangana. In addition, one more Oxygen Express train has started for Telangana from Gujarat and another train is ready for loading in Odisha. The six trains combined have carried eight tankers filled with nearly 140 tonnes of LMO.
Close on the heels of the first train, another Oxygen Express train has already started from Kanalus in Gujarat carrying four tankers loaded with 76.39 metric tonnes of LMO and is bound for Guntur.
Gajanan Mallya, general manager, South Central Railway, stated that the Indian Railways continues to operate Oxygen Express to provide safe and fast transportation of LMO to meet the requirements of the states.