NEW DELHI: After sending Covid vaccine to neighbouring Bangladesh, now the government is sending medical oxygen. The Indian Railway on Saturday started an Oxygen Express carrying 200 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) from Tatanagar in Jharkhand to Benapole in Bangladesh.
“This is the first time ever that the Oxygen Express is put into operation to a neighbouring country,” the railway ministry said in an official statement. The railways had started the operation of Oxygen Expresses on April 24 to provide respite to states requiring medical oxygen. More than 35,000 tonnes of LMO was transported to 15 states. Around 480 Oxygen Expresses were operated, the ministry said. The demand for LMO in India rose to around 9,000 tonnes per day during the peak of the second wave.