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First 'Oxygen Express' Departs From Mumbai To Vizag To Provide A Lifeline


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If you are living in New Delhi or Mumbai, hearing the sirens of ambulances from within the confines of your house is now starting to become a regular yet haunting experience. 

Gone are the days when one could step out of one's house, amidst the chitter-chatter of human civilization and actually breathe air without having a mask to filter things out for you. 

First © Reuters

It is a terrible time to live, but unfortunately, many people across the country are having it far worse.

With the gigantic second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic paralyzing health care systems in its path, there is a lack of basic medical facilities like hospital beds, medicines, injections, and mostly, oxygen, our mere source of survival. 

The sudden surge in coronavirus cases has caused an acute shortage of medical oxygen in several states, and none has been worse hit than the western state of Maharashtra. 

First 'Oxygen Express' Departs From Mumbai To Vizag To Provide A Lifeline © Oneindia

Having a record of cases in the state, Maharashtra has been gasping for breath. However, in what is a positive step, reports have suggested that the country's first-ever "Oxygen Express" left the Mumbai city for Vishakhapatnam on Monday (April 19). 

The train, which carried seven empty tankers, upon reaching the destination, will be loaded with liquid medical oxygen and be brought back to Maharashtra.

As per the Central Railway release, the Ro-Ro (Roll-On-Roll-Off) train left from the Kalamboli Goods Yard in Navi Mumbai for the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant at 8:05 pm.

Indian Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, while tweeting about the train service, said, "Railways is running its first Oxygen Express in its fight against COVID-19. The Ro-Ro service with seven empty tankers departed from Kalamboli, Maharashtra for Vizag today. Oxygen Express will move via a green corridor for loading with Liquid Medical Oxygen," 

Railways is running its first Oxygen Express in its fight against COVID-19. The Ro-Ro service with 7 empty tankers departed from Kalamboli, Maharashtra for Vizag today.
Oxygen Express will move via a green corridor for loading with Liquid Medical Oxygen. pic.twitter.com/TonlClDdQf

— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) April 19, 2021

According to reports, the Oxygen Express will be run over the next few days to transport liquid medical oxygen and oxygen cylinders across the nation, amidst the increasing demand for oxygen in several states. 


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