Bengaluru: The Indian Railways has helped transport 150 tonnes of Oxygen to different parts of the country as the country battles the second wave of the pandemic. 

Railway minister Piyush Goyals said on his twitter timeline: “Under the leadership of PM 
@NarendraModiji, Railways is running Oxygen Express in response to the fight against Covid-19. Oxygen Expresses have delivered nearly 150 tonnes of Oxygen in last 24 hrs, with more trains in the pipeline to serve the nation.” 

Green corridors have been set up to help trains transport the oxygen. For example, one such was created between Lucknow and Varanasi. 

The distance of 270 Km was covered by the train in 4 hours 20 minutes with an average speed of 62.35 kmph. A total of 10 containers having nearly 150 tonnes of oxygen have been carried so far, Swarajya notes. 

Last week, ten empty tankers were moved from either Kalamboli or Boisar near Mumbai and sent to either Jamshedpur or Rourkela or Bokaro and Vizag for loading liquid medical oxygen tankers from there.

Ramps were built at Vizag, Angul and Bhilai, and the existing ramp at Kalamboli was being strengthened. 

On Sunday (April 18), Western Railway held a trial at Boisar, where a loaded tanker was placed on a flat wagon, and all the required measurements were taken.

Road tanker T1618 with a height of 3320 mm has been found to be feasible to be placed on flat wagons with a height of 1290 mm, taking into account the size of Road Over Bridges and Over Head Equipment at specific locations.

It is not just the railways, but also the air force that has deployed its giant aircraft to airlift oxygen. 

Even the DRDO has pitched in, constructing hospital beds at different places and giving technology to create oxygen used in LCA aircraft.