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Oxygen Expresses brave Cyclone to bring relief across nation


The country is fighting a fierce battle with COVID and facing the menace of the cyclone at the same time. 

However, the Indian Railways is ensuring that the cyclone does not hamper its journey of bringing relief by delivering Liquid Medical Oxygen(LMO) to various states across the country. 

In a scale-up of operations which continued till late last night, 12 Oxygen Expresses with 969 MT of LMO started their journeys from the Cyclone hit Eastern States and beat tough weather to take relief to the Nation, a release issued by the Ministry of Railways said.

These 12 Oxygen Expresses include 3 trains for Tamil Nadu, 4 trains for Andhra Pradesh and 1 each for Delhi region, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Assam & Kerala.

Amongst the Southern States, delivery of LMO to Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Telangana has crossed 1000 MT each.

Oxygen relief by Oxygen Expresses reached out to 15 states namely Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Telangana, Punjab, Kerala, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Assam.

The release informed that 614 MT of Oxygen has been offloaded in Maharashtra, nearly 3731 MT in Uttar Pradesh, 633 MT in Madhya Pradesh, 4910 MT in Delhi, 1911 MT in Haryana, 98 MT in Rajasthan, 1653 MT in Karnataka, 320 MT in Uttarakhand, 1158 MT in Tamil Nadu, 929 MT in Andhra Pradesh, 225 MT in Punjab, 246 MT in Kerala, 1312 MT in Telangana, 38 MT in Jharkhand and 160 MT in Assam.

Crisscrossing the country, Indian Railways is picking up oxygen from places like Hapa, Baroda, Mundra in the West and Rourkela, Durgapur, Tatanagar, Angul in the East and then delivering it to States of Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Telangana, Punjab, Kerala, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Assam in complex operational route planning scenarios.

The average speed of these critical Freight trains is way above 55 in most cases over long distances. Running on high priority Green Corridor, with the highest sense of urgency, operational teams of various zones are working round the clock to ensure that Oxygen reaches within the fastest possible time frame. Technical stoppages have been reduced to 1 minute for crew changes over different sections.

Tracks are kept open and high alertness is maintained to ensure that Oxygen Express keeps zipping through.

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Massive Capacity Enhancement in Railway Hospitals across India to tackle COVID


A massive capacity enhancement has been planned in 86 Railway Hospitals across India to tackle the COVID situation. 

Salient features:-

1. While 4 Oxygen Plants are already functional in the Railway hospitals, 52 have been sanctioned and 30 are under various stages of processing.

2. All Railway Covid Hospitals will henceforth be equipped with Oxygen Plants.

3. The General Managers have been delegated further powers, upto Rs 2 crores in each case for sanctioning Oxygen Generation plants.

4. The number of beds for Covid treatment in Railway hospitals has been increased from 2,539 to 6972.

5. The ICU Beds in Covid hospitals have been increased from 273 to 573.

6. Invasive ventilators have been added and their number has been increased from 62 to 296.

7. Constant efforts are being made to add critical medical equipment like BIPAP machines, oxygen concentrators, oxygen cylinders etc in Railway hospitals.

8. Railways have also issued instructions that Covid affected employees may be admitted to empanelled hospitals on a referral basis as per need.

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Rail Wifi: RailTel connects 6000 railway stations

Bridging the digital divide, Indian Railways initiated the Wi-fi facility at its railway stations in the year 2016.  

On 15th May, Hazaribagh Town falling under Hazaribagh district of Jharkhand state in Dhanbad Division of East Central Railway was the 6000th station to add to this list of wifi stations. 

This facility was provided with the help of RailTel, a PSU under the Ministry of Railways. This task was carried out in partnership with Google, DOT (under USOF), PGCIL and Tata Trust. 

Project Timeline 

  1. January 2016 – First station at Mumbai, Maharashtra
  2. December 2016 – 100th Station, Udhagamandalam, Tamilnadu 
  3. June 2018 – 400th Station, Dibrugarh, Assam 
  4. March 2019 - 1000th Station, Reay Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra 
  5. April 2019 – 1600th Station, Mumbai Santa Cruz, Maharashtra
  6. August 2019 – 2000th Station, Rana Pratap Nagar Railway station, Rajasthan 
  7. August 2019 – 3000th Station, Ellenabad, Rajasthan 
  8. September 2019 – 4000th Station, Tinsukia, Assam 
  9. September 2019 – 5000th Station, Midnapore, West Bengal 
  10. December 2019 – 5500th Station, Mahua Milan Railway Station 
  11. May 2021 – 6000th Station, Hazaribagh Station, Jharkhand 

Number of Railway Stations with Wifi facility in each state

1, Andhra Pradesh, 509 

2, Arunachal Pradesh, 3 

3, Assam, 222 

4, Bihar, 384 

5, UT Chandigarh, 5 

6, Chhattisgarh, 115 

7, Delhi, 27 

8, Goa, 20 

9, Gujarat, 320 

10, Haryana, 134 

11, Himachal Pradesh, 24 

12, Jammu & Kashmir, 14 

13, Jharkhand, 217 

14, Karnataka, 335 

15, Kerala, 120 

16, Madhya Pradesh, 393 

17, Maharashtra, 550 

18, Meghalaya, 1 

19, Mizoram, 1 

20, Nagaland, 3 

21, Odisha, 232 

22, Punjab, 146 

23, Rajasthan, 458 

24, Sikkim, 1 

25, Tamil Nadu, 418 

26, Telangana, 45 

27, Tripura, 19 

28, Uttar Pradesh, 762 

29, Uttarakhand, 24 

30, West Bengal, 498

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Oxygen Expresses deliver more than 8700 MT of Liquid Medical Oxygen to Nation


Overcoming all hurdles and finding new solutions during the fight against COVID-19, Indian Railways is continuing its journey of bringing relief by delivering Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) to various states across the country.

Indian Railways has till now delivered more than 8,700 MT of LMO in more than 540 tankers to various states across the country. As many as 139 Oxygen Expresses have completed their journey so far and brought relief to various States.

Oxygen Expresses have been delivering nearly 800 MT of LMO to the Nation each day for the last few days. It is Indian Railways endeavour to deliver as much LMO as possible in the shortest time possible to the requesting states.

Till the time of this release, so far 521 MT of Oxygen has been offloaded in Maharashtra, nearly 2350 MT in UP, 430 MT in MP, 1228 MT in Haryana, 308 MT in Telangana, 40 MT in Rajasthan, 361 MT in Karnataka, 200 MT in Uttarakhand, 111 MT in Tamil Nadu, 40 MT in Andhra Pradesh and more than 3084 MT in Delhi

Running of new Oxygen is a very dynamic exercise and figures keep getting updated all the time. More loaded Oxygen Expresses are expected to start their journeys later in the night.

Railways has mapped different routes with Oxygen supply locations and keeps itself ready with any emerging need of the States.

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