Gana Adhikar News , Guwahati, May 23 : A special Indian Railways train aptly names ‘Oxygen Express’ arrived at Inland Container Depot in Guwahati city carrying vital medical oxygen to combat the current wave of Covid pandemic in the state. Its significance can be gauged from the fact that Assam Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma was personally present at the arrival site to receive the Oxygen Express train, carrying 4 containers of total 80 metric tonnes (MT) of medical oxygen . The Oxygen Express, which started from Jharkhand, reached the state today.
Chief Minister Dr. Himanta expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allocating additional medical oxygen to the state through Oxygen Express which would greatly help in meeting the increasing oxygen requirement in the state, primarily for the treatment of COVID19 patients, said a statement from the Chief Minister’s office.
Dr Himanta further informed mediapersons at the site that from now onwards, Oxygen Express would bring medical oxygen to Assam twice a week delivering total 160 MT of oxygen to the state every week. Apart from fulfilling State’s own requirement, Assam would supply surplus Oxygen to neighboring NE states of Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Tripura, he added.
The Chief Minister said that Assam has medical oxygen storage capacity up to 800 litres.
Highlighting the ongoing COVID vaccination drive in the state, the Chief Minister informed that the sate Government was making efforts to ramp up daily vaccination from present 50 thousand people to 1 lakh. Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Samir Kumar Sinha and other officials of NF Railway, Container Corporation of India Ltd and other officials were also present at the site.
Updates : Medical Oxygen supply brought in to Guwahati city by flight today. The oxygen brought today will be stockpiled for Covid emergency situation