New Delhi: Indian Railways is gearing up to supply oxygen and other large equipment if required in view of the increased infection of the new and rapidly spreading Omicron variants of corona in the country. So far, 653 cases of Omicron infection have been registered in 21 States and Union Territories of India, out of which 186 people have recovered. This information was given by the Union Health Ministry in the data released on Tuesday.
Omicron has the highest number of 167 cases in Maharashtra. This has been followed by 165 cases in Delhi, 57 in Kerala, 55 in Telangana, 49 in Gujarat and 46 in Rajasthan. According to information, Railway Board has told all Zonal General Managers LMO that railway guidelines on the transportation of cryogenic tankers and containers, oxygen plants etc.
Indian Railways had launched oxygen express on April 18 this year to supply oxygen to states where there was a shortage of oxygen. More than 35,000 tonnes of oxygen was transported to 15 States by running about 480 Oxygen Express. In addition, Railways had deployed more than 4000 coaches at stations in several cities of the country by converting them into covid care coaches.