The first ‘Oxygen Express’ train arrived in Delhi on Tuesday as India tries to avoid shortages of oxygen at hospitals amid a surge in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases.

Source: Indian Railway Twitter account

Oxygen Express train in India

Indian Railway is running Oxygen Express trains in response to the oxygen crisis in India and says approximately 450 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen has been delivered in six Oxygen Express trains so far.

The Oxygen Express reportedly carried 70 tonnes of oxygen into Delhi, which will be distributed around hospitals in India’s capital city. Hospitals around India are experiencing low supplies of medical oxygen due to the high volume of Covid-19 patients needing the life-saving gas. 

So far, 450 metric tonnes have been delivered to Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi in six Oxygen Express trains through 26 tankers covering more than 10,000 km (in empty and loaded conditions), according to the country’s Ministry of Railways on Tuesday.

Ministry of Railways said in a statement Tuesday, “So far, as per provisional estimates Indian Railways has delivered 202 metric tonnes to Uttar Pradesh, 174 metric tonnes to Maharashtra and 70 metric tonnes to Delhi. Madhya Pradesh will receive 64 metric tonnes in next 24 hours.”

Source: Indian Railyway

Another Oxygen Express train is travelling from Bokaro to Bhopal via Jabalpur, carrying 64 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen in six tankers, which will replenish oxygen demand in Madhya Pradesh through the city of Bhopal and Jabalpur.

Oxygen Express trains will be transporting liquid medical oxygen and oxygen cylinders across the country to areas where there are concerns about oxygen availability at hospitals.