Oxygen Express arrives in Assam, CM to supply oxygen to other NE states
Following the arrival of an Oxygen Express, carrying 80 metric tonnes of medical oxygen in Assam on Sunday, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced that surplus oxygen will be distributed to various northeastern states.
“Apart from fulfilling its own requirement, Assam would supply surplus oxygen to other northeastern states of Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Tripura,” the chief minister stated.
Departing from the Tatanagar Railway station in Jharkhand, the Oxygen Express carrying four containers reached the Inland Container Depot at Amingaon in Guwahati.
According to sources, the Oxygen Express would arrive in Assam twice a week, delivering a total of 160 metric tonnes of oxygen.
CM Sarma also highlighted that this would greatly help overcome the medical oxygen demand in the state, essentially for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
Currently, Assam has a medical oxygen storage capacity of 800 litres.
CM Sarma also said that despite the initial shortage of vaccines, the state government has been making continuous efforts to ramp up the vaccination drive from 50,000 to one lakh people.
(Edited by Ridhika Joshi)
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