Bengaluru: To give relief to suffering victims of the second wave of coronavirus, the Indian Railways is doing its bit to deliver oxygen. 

In its continued journey, it has delivered Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) to various states across the country. So far, Indian Railways has delivered more than 2960MT of LMO in 185 tankers to various states across the country, says a statement from the ministry of railways. 

47 Oxygen Expresses have already completed their journey so far, it adds. 

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,174 MT has been offloaded in Maharashtra, 729 MT in UP, 249 MT in MP, 305 MT in Haryana, 123 MT in Telangana and 1334 MT in Delhi. 

Presently 18 tankers are on the run with more than 260 tonnes of LMO which are expected to arrive in Maharashtra, Haryana and 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.

Oxygen Express 

Indian Railways, with a motive to help out suffering patients, started what’s called Oxygen Express to ferry oxygen from various parts of the country to several other parts. 

Trackers incorporated 

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways(MORTH) has mandated Oxygen tankers plying Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) to be fitted with a Vehicle Location Tracking (VLT) device. 

The ministry has stated that considering the current pandemic situation in the country, the need for supply of oxygen to the health centres and hospitals has become essential.

The ministry has brought in this rule under section 137(d) of the Motor Vehicle Act 1988.

A tweet has been put out in this regard, "MoRTH has made it mandatory for #Oxygen containers/tankers/vehicles to be fitted with Vehicle Location Tracking (VLT) devices. GPS tracking will ensure monitoring and protection of these tankers, besides ensuring there is no diversion or delay."