Carrying 200 metric tonnes of liquid medical oxygen (LMO), the Indian Railways' Oxygen Express departed to Bangladesh on Saturday, July 24. Confirming the departure of the train from India, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw tweeted a video.
Living upto our cultural ethos of "वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम्", Indian Railways under PM @NarendraModi ji's leadership is working diligently to help humanity's fight against COVID.— Ashwini Vaishnaw (@AshwiniVaishnaw) July 24, 2021
The first-ever, #OxygenExpress left for Bangladesh with 200 MT of Liquid Medical Oxygen, this morning. pic.twitter.com/49c6HZON7o
LMO Filled From Chakradharpur
According to NDTV, the indent of medical oxygen was placed at Tata in Chakradharpur under the South Eastern Railway on July 24 to transport the life-saving gas to Bangladesh's Benapole.
The Indian Railways had started running the Oxygen Express Trains on April 24, 2021, to transport oxygen cylinders amid the rise of coronavirus cases in the country, during the month of April and May. The oxygen cylinders were supplied to those states which faced a severe shortage of oxygen during the second wave of COVID-19. According to the data, over 35,000 metric tonnes of LMO were ferried to 15 states and more than 450 Oxygen Express trains were running, said official sources.
Earlier, the Indian government had donated COVID vaccines to Bangladesh under its Vaccine Maitri initiative.