- India is transporting oxygen tankers on express trains to help treat coronavirus patients.
- India is battling a devastating surge. Hospitals have critical shortages of oxygen to treat people.
- Special ramps have reportedly been installed so the tankers can drive on and off the trains quickly.
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India is using express trains to transport oxygen tankers as hospitals deal with critical shortages to treat COVID-19 patients.
Indian Railways is calling the project “Oxygen Express” as it started running trains to bring oxygen to the states of Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh on Thursday.
Northern India is dealing with a critical oxygen shortage that has left hospitals warning they had just hours of oxygen left, and that coronavirus patients would die when it runs out.
The tankers are being transported using a roll-on, roll-off service, which means special ramps have been installed so they can drive on and off the trains quickly, the Hindustan Times reported.
Piyush Goyal, India’s railways minister, tweeted that a “green corridor” had been created, which would mean the trains don’t meet any red lights and can move through the routes faster.
-Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) April 22, 2021
Delhi’s High Court on Wednesday criticized the government for how it was handling the oxygen shortage, and ordered that oxygen be diverted from other industries to treat coronavirus patients.