Railway Minister Piyush Goyal informed that the first Oxygen Express train had reached Kanpur from Durgapur in West Bengal.
It is pertinent to note that Kanpur received its first Oxygen Express on Sunday morning with 80 metric tonnes (MT) of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) amid the oxygen crisis across the country due to the second wave of the coronavirus.
Taking to Twitter, the Minister wrote in Hindi, "Growing the oxygen availability for the treatment of COVID patients, Oxygen Express reached Kanpur after loading liquid oxygen from Durgapur." The train carried 80 MT of liquid medical oxygen in four tankers reached the city three hours before the schedule.
As per the official report, till Friday evening, Uttar Pradesh had received 729 MT of oxygen. The Indian Railways started Oxygen Express in order to facilitate the supply of LMO amid its increasing demand.So far, the Railways has delivered 1125 MT of LMO to various states across the country in 76 tankers.
Elsewhere, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh have received fresh stocks of COVID-19 vaccines. Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar informed that the state received 3.5 lakh doses of Covishield vaccine on Saturday night. The Andhra Pradesh government said that they have received 3.60 lakh doses of Covishield from Serum Institute Pune via airway on Sunday morning.