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First Oxygen Express Train To North-East Reaches Assam

The Northeast Frontier Railway is ready to help state governments in every way possible in the fight against COVID-19. The NFR today ran a special train to supply liquid medical oxygen to Assam – the first such train in the north-east.

The Oxygen Express train which left Tata Nagar in Jharkhand on May 22 carrying four containers loaded with 80 tonnes of oxygen arrived in Assam’s Amingaon on May 23.

This oxygen stock will be with Assam, but given to other north-east states when required, government officials said.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma along with the General Manager of NFR Anshul Gupta arrived at the Inland Container Depot in Amingaon to receive the first consignment of medical oxygen.

The railway created a green corridor for the Oxygen Express to pass quickly. The train covered 630 km in just about nine hours from Malda to Amingaon with an average speed of over 70 kmph, which is more than the average speed of the Rajdhani Express trains.

Comments The railways said it is continuing its journey of bringing relief by delivering medical oxygen to states. So far, the railways have delivered more than 15,284 tonnes in more than 936 tankers to states. 234 Oxygen Express trains have completed their journey.

Covid Pandemic: Four Rail Hospitals Installed With Oxygen Plants, 52 More Okayed

Amid heightened efforts by the Centre to fulfill the gap between the demand and supply of liquid medical oxygen which is needed for combating spiralling cases of Covid-19 infections, Indian Railways’ has made four oxygen plants functional while 52 more have been sanctioned in 86 of its hospitals across the country.

Official sources said that apart from this, 30 more oxygen plants are under various stages of processing and all railway hospitals will be equipped with these plants soon.

General Managers have been delegated powers of up to ₹ 2 crores in each case for sanctioning oxygen generation plants, they informed further.

The number of beds for Covid treatment have been increased from 2,539 to 6,972. The ICU beds in Covid hospitals have been increased from 273 to 573.

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

Comments Railway officials said that medical equipments like BIPAP machines, oxygen concentrators and oxygen cylinders are also being provided in railway hospitals. They have also issued instructions that Covid affected employees may be admitted to empanelled hospitals on referral basis as per requirement.

Railways Reaches Milestone Of Carrying 10,000 Tonnes Oxygen

The railways has reached the milestone of carrying 10,000 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen on Monday morning, Railway Board Chairman Suneet Sharma said.

The service started on April 19 from Mumbai and it now covers 13 states.

“We reached the milestone of carrying 10,000 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen on Monday morning on Oxygen Express… Oxygen Express delivered oxygen to 13 states,” Mr Sharma said.

The railways also said that on the day Cyclone Tauktae is expected to hit Gujarat, the railways carried more than 150 tonnes of oxygen which is more than the average of 134 tonnes being logged since 20 days.

The Western Railway carried 137 tonnes of the life-saving gas on Sunday and 151 tonnes on Monday from Gujarat to various parts of the country, it said.

 The Western Railway started carrying oxygen tankers from April 25 and it is carrying an average of 134 tonnes oxygen daily

Railway Apprenticeship: RRC Mumbai Notifies To Fill 3,591 Vacancies

Railway Recruitment Cell (RRC), Western Railway, Mumbai has notified apprenticeship for class 10 pass, class 10+2 pass candidates having ITI certificate affiliated to NCVT / SCVT. The registration link will open on May 25. Candidates can fill and submit the online application forms till June 24.

“Western Railway invites ONLINE applications from interested applicants for engagement as Act Apprentices against the 3591 slots notified for training in the designated Trades under Apprentice Act 1961 at various Divisions, Workshops within the jurisdiction of Western Railways for the year 2021-22,” reads the job notice.

“The applicants should have completed 15 years of age and should not have completed 24 years of age as on 24/06/2021,” the notice adds.

RRC Apprenticeship: Important Points

  • Vacancies are available in programming and systems administration assistant, fitter, welder, wireman, electrician, turner, machinist, carpenter, and other trades.
  • Candidates awaiting final results are not eligible to apply.
  • Engineering Graduates and Diploma holders are not eligible to apply for Apprenticeship in response to this notification as they are governed by a separate scheme of Apprenticeship, RRC Mumbai has said.
  • The application fee for this recruitment is ₹ 100 which has to be deposited along with the application form. No fee is required to be paid by SC, ST, PwD, and women applicants.
  • Candidates will be selected by taking the average of the percentage of marks obtained in both matriculation (with minimum 50% (aggregate) marks) and ITI examination giving equal weightage to both. There will be no written test or viva.
  • Selected candidates would undergo apprenticeship training for a period of 1 year.

Railways Reaches Milestone Of Carrying 10,000 Tonnes Oxygen

The railways has reached the milestone of carrying 10,000 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen on Monday morning, Railway Board Chairman Suneet Sharma said.

The service started on April 19 from Mumbai and it now covers 13 states.

“We reached the milestone of carrying 10,000 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen on Monday morning on Oxygen Express… Oxygen Express delivered oxygen to 13 states,” Mr Sharma said.

The railways also said that on the day Cyclone Tauktae is expected to hit Gujarat, the railways carried more than 150 tonnes of oxygen which is more than the average of 134 tonnes being logged since 20 days.

The Western Railway carried 137 tonnes of the life-saving gas on Sunday and 151 tonnes on Monday from Gujarat to various parts of the country, it said.

1 Comments The Western Railway started carrying oxygen tankers from April 25 and it is carrying an average of 134 tonnes oxygen daily.

Andhra Pradesh Receives 1st Oxygen Express With 40 MT Oxygen

The Ministry of Railways on Saturday informed that Andhra Pradesh has received its first Oxygen Express in Nellore with 40 metric tonnes (MT) of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO).

“Overcoming all hurdles and finding new solutions, Indian Railways is continuing its journey of bringing relief by delivering LMO to various states across the country. So far, Indian Railways has delivered more than 8700 MT of LMO in more than 540 tankers to various states across the country. It may be noted that 139 Oxygen Expresses have completed their journey so far and brought relief to various States,” the ministry said.

Oxygen Expresses have been delivering nearly 800 MT of LMO to the Nation each day for the last few days.

The ministry further said, “It is Indian Railways endeavour to deliver as much LMO as possible in the shortest time possible to the requesting states. Andhra Pradesh has got its First Oxygen Express in Nellore with 40 MT of LMO. One Oxygen Express is racing towards Kerala with 118 MT of load to boost Oxygen supply in the region.”

So far, 521 MT of Oxygen has been offloaded in Maharashtra, nearly 2350 MT in Uttar Pradesh, 430 MT in Madhya Pradesh, 1228 MT in Haryana and 308 MT in Telangana.

As many as 40 MT LMO has been delivered 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 have mapped different routes with Oxygen supply locations and keep itself ready with any emerging need of the States. States provide tankers to the Indian Railways for bringing LMO,” the ministry added.

Train Services In Kashmir Suspended For 6 Days

Railway authorities on Monday decided to suspend train services in the Kashmir Valley for six days, starting Tuesday, in view of the worsening COVID-19 situation.

“The train services between Banihal-Baramulla section and vice-versa will remain suspended with effect from 11.05.2021 to 16.05.2021 in view of worsening COVID situation in Kashmir,” an official of the Northern Railways said.

The step to shut down services comes three days ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr amid reports that migrant labourers were using it to enter the Valley to escape mandatory COVID-19 testing at Qazigund.

At 718 Tonnes, Oxygen Express Trains Carry Biggest Single-Day Load

The biggest single-day delivery of 718 metric tonnes of liquid medical oxygen in 41 tankers is being carried out across the country today by the special Oxygen Express trains, the centre said.

Uttar Pradesh is the biggest recipient at 222 metric tonnes, while Haryana will get 180 tonnes, it added.

Amid a rapid surge in coronavirus cases during the virulent second wave, the demand for medical oxygen in the country has gone up many times.

To plug the gaps in supply, the centre had earlier diverted oxygen meant for industries for medical use in the country amid depleting reserves of the critical component in the treatment of Covid patients.

There have been multiple reports across states of people dying for lack of oxygen and beds. At least 40 people have died in Delhi in recent days due to hospitals’ inability to provide timely oxygen.

Scores of people are complaining of breathlessness, requiring oxygen support. However, the supply of oxygen has become severely limited due to the sudden jump in demand across cities and towns.

The Railways has delivered 2,960 tonnes of medical oxygen to states across the country since April 19 in 185 tankers, the national transporter said on Friday. Forty-seven Oxygen Express trains have completed their journey so far, it added.

Earlier, the Railway Ministry was approached by Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra to explore if liquid medical oxygen tankers could be moved by the rail network.

Railways Cancel 28 Trains From May 9 Amid Covid Surge: 5 Key Points Here

India coronavirus news and updates: The Northern Railways on Thursday cancelled a number of trains including a few Rajdhani trains, Shatabdi and Duronto Express from May 9th. The Railways said, trains are being cancelled as fewer people are travelling and coronavirus cases are rising. “The Northern Railways has decided to cancel the special trains due to poor patronisation and a surge in COVID-19,” a Northern Railways spokesperson said. Here are five important things you must know.

Railways cancel 28 trains: All you need to know

  1. Eight Shatabdi Express trains, two Rajdhani Express, two Duronto Express and one Vande Bharat Express are among around 28 trains that have been cancelled “till further advice” by the Northern Railways.
  2. Among these trains, there are Shatabdi trains from Delhi to places like Kalka, Habibganj, Amritsar and Chandigarh
  3. Rajdhani trains from Delhi to Chennai, Bilaspur
  4. Duronto trains to Jammu Tawi and Pune.
  5. The Central Railways has cancelled 23 passenger trains including Nagpur-Kolhapur special up to June 29, the CSMT-Kolhapur special up to July 1, the CSMT-Pune special up to June 30.

Coronavirus cases and deaths in India hit a record daily high with 4,12,262 new infections and 3,980 deaths, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 2,10,77,410 and the number of deaths to 2,30,168, according to the Union Health Ministry data on Thursday. Registering a steady increase, the active cases have increased to 35,66,398 comprising 16.92 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has dropped to 81.99 per cent, the government data showed.

3 Oxygen Express Trains Arrived In Delhi NCR Today, Says Piyush Goyal

At least three Oxygen Express trains have arrived today in the National Capital Territory with the vital gas, bringing relief for COVID-19 patients gasping for breath across hospitals, Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has said. The trains arrived a day after the Delhi High Court expressed its fury over the Central government’s failure to implement its order of ensuring that the city gets it quota of oxygen.

“#OxygenExpress has reached Delhi Cantt from Hapa, Gujarat via Green Corridor to provide continued supply of Oxygen for COVID-19 patients in the capital,” Mr Goyal tweeted this morning.

He also tweeted about another such train arriving from Mundhra, Gujarat.

In a third tweet, he posted the video of an Oxygen Express arriving from Tatanagar, Jamshedpur.

One such train, this time from Angul, Odisha, arrived last evening with a little over 30 tonnes of oxygen. The Oxygen Express trains have been rolled out across the country to ensure emergency supplies of the vital gas amid a major resources crunch that followed the deadly second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Such is the situation that scores of patients have died — at least 40 in Delhi alone — in recent days due to hospitals’ inability to provide timely oxygen.

The Delhi High Court on Saturday ordered the Centre to ensure that the national capital received its quota of oxygen by tonight.