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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.

Indian Railways To Develop Multi-Functional Complexes At Bellary, Sikar, Bharatpur Stations

The Rail Land Development Authority – Indian Railways’ special purpose vehicle for land monetization, recently invited bids for leasing three sites, in order to develop multi-functional complexes or MFC at Sikar, Bellary, and Bharatpur railway stations, for a period of 45 years. According to a statement shared by the organisation, the aim of developing multi-functional complexes at the three railway stations is to equip the land with better infrastructure and boost passenger-centric amenities. (Also Read: Indian Railways Adopts Form-Based Codes For Station Redevelopment Project )

The Sikar and Bharatpur railway stations are situated in Rajasthan and Bellary station is in Karnataka. According to Rail Land Development Authority, the deadline for the submission of bids is May 12, 2021. The sites identified for developing multi-functional complexes are near the railway stations or come within the station’s circulating area. As part of the development project, a combination of retail spaces, hotels, retail amenities or shops are outlined to be implemented on the multi-functional complex sites.

For the development project, the bidder will be selected through an online single-stage bidding process, which will be transparent, said Rail Land Development Authority. The developer for the project will be delegated to complete the construction at each site and commission the site within a period of two years. The reserve price of the multi-functional complex site at Bellary, Sikar, and Bharatpur are ₹ 1,068 lakhs, ₹ 241 lakhs, and ₹ 156 lakhs respectively.

The bidder will also be allowed to market and sub-lease the built-up area for lawful and legal activities. Passenger-centric facilities such as ATM, food stalls, medicine stores, budget hotels, variety stores, bookstalls are planned to be implemented as part of the project.

Oxygen Express” With 3 Tankers Arrives In Maharashtra

A train carrying three tankers loaded with liquid medical oxygen arrived at Kalamboli near Mumbai from Jamnagar in Gujarat on Monday, railway officials said.

The train, carrying about 44 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen, nearly 15 tonnes in each tanker, reached Kalamboli in Navi Mumbai at around 11.30 am, covering a distance of about 860 km in over 17 hours, they said.

This is the second ”Oxygen Express” to arrive in Maharashtra, which is facing shortage of the liquid medical oxygen due to a sharp surge in COVID-19 cases.

The first ”Oxygen Express” carrying seven tankers of the liquid medical oxygen reached the state from Visakhapatnam on April 23. Four of those tankers were offloaded at Nashik and three at Nagpur, considering the local need.

Informing about the ”Oxygen Express” which arrived on Monday, Western Railway officials said the Ro-Ro (Roll on-Roll off) goods train carrying three tankers of the liquid medical oxygen on BWT wagon left from Hapa at Jamnagar in Gujarat around 6 pm on Sunday.

After an overnight journey via Viramgam, Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat, the train entered Maharashtra in the morning, they said.

“It is the first ”Oxygen Express” run by the Western Railway,” WR’s chief public relations officer Sumit Thakur said, adding railway authorities provided an uninterrupted ”green corridor” to the train for swift movement.

The three oxygen tankers are supplied by the Reliance Industries in Jamnagar, he said.

“Necessary arrangements were made at the Hapa goods shed in a short time for the smooth movement of the train,” he said.

According to the Western Railway, authorities followed all safety parameters, keeping in mind the height of the gas tankers and monitored their pressure from time to time.

“As liquid oxygen is cryogenic, there are many limitations, like the speed at which it can be carried, acceleration and deceleration and loading restrictions,” Mr Thakur said.

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On April 18, the Railways had announced it will run ”Oxygen Express” trains over the next few days to transport liquid medical oxygen and oxygen cylinders across the country.

Railway Ministry Announces ₹ 50,000 Award For Employee Who Saved Child

The Ministry of Railways has announced an award of ₹ 50,000 for Mayur Shelke, a Central Railway employee who saved a six-year-old boy by risking his own life.

Mr Shelke’s daredevilry in rescuing the child moments before a train streaked past was captured in a CCTV video which won the Internet.

Principal executive director of the Railway Board informed the Central Railway’s General Manager by a letter about the award for Mr Shelke’s “act of bravery, courage and presence of mind”.

“Shelke in absolute disregard of his own life rescued the child by running in face of the oncoming train and lifted the child to safety by placing him on the platform,” read the letter.

The incident took place at

He jumped down, ran towards the boy and hauled him onto the platform before pulling himself up. Two seconds later, the train sped past.

2 Comments CCTV footage of the heart-stopping incident went viral on social media. Central Railway authorities have already felicitated Mr Shelke for his act of bravery.

2 Arrested In Madhya Pradesh, Made To Walk After 1 Tests Covid Positive

Two people were arrested on charges of theft in Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur by Government Railway Police (GRP) on Monday and were allegedly made to walk barefoot together even after one of them tested positive for COVID-19.

The accused were made to walk barefoot on the street while a GRP personnel was seen wearing a PPE suit.

“The court ordered to get the COVID test done of the accused. We get their COVID test done from the Jabalpur District Hospital. One of the accused tested positive for COVID-19. Our vehicle broke down hence we had to take them to jail on foot,” a GRP official told ANI.

Asked why an ambulance was not called, the official said, “It was unfortunate that our vehicle broke down. But arranging an ambulance falls under the authority of senior GRP officials.”

Indian Railways to bring 90% trains on track soon, check details here

Train services that were disrupted because of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, will be gradually brought to track soon. People had to face a lot of inconvenience because of truncated train services. However, the Railways Ministry is now planning to restart all services.

The Indian Railways is now ready to roll out all the trains by adhering to the COVID protocols for passengers and staff.

More than 70 local trains of the Northern Railways started plying on Monday and now the superfast trains are also ready to chug on the tracks.