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News Entry# 451647
May 14 (23:14) Post-crisis, Oxy Express arrives (punemirror.indiatimes.com)
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May 14 2021 (23:14)
Station Tag: Angul/ANGL added by ANIKET/1490219

May 14 2021 (23:14)
Station Tag: Loni/LONI added by ANIKET/1490219
Stations:  Angul/ANGL   Loni/LONI  
Officials admit that city is no longer in desperate need of oxygen, but claim this arrangement was made weeks agoAround midnight between Tuesday and Wednesday, the much-touted ‘Oxygen Express’ from Odisha arrived at Loni railway station near Pune, carrying just over 50 tonnes of vital oxygen, amid a flurry of arrangements and the presence of several senior officials concerned. However, at this point, the city has already managed and dealt with its oxygen crisis.While scores of people lost their lives in the month of April due to a severe oxygen shortage in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic’s second wave, the situation has now improved, said the authorities.The train had departed from Odisha’s Angul and arrived in Pune’s Loni Junction around 12.50 am on Wednesday. It carried around 58 metric tonnes of oxygen.But the crisis may have been somewhat averted for now. According to officials of both Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC)...
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and Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), judicious use of oxygen for emergency purposes and stopping of high flow nasal oxygen when patient is having food or not on the bed have played a vital role in reducing wastage. In hospitals with a capacity of over 200 patients, they are now saving close to 10 tonnes compared to earlier. The train was carrying a tanker with 58 tonnes of oxygen for Pune; (R, top to bottom) a ramp was speedily prepared for it to disembark, and it made its way out in the wee hours of WednesdayFood and Drug Administration (FDA) joint commissioner SB Patil, who is looking into streamlining supply of oxygen in Pune, said, “At present, there’s no oxygen crisis in the city and everything is going smoothly. Oxygen has been imported to be on a safer side and directed to Sassoon General Hospitals and other public civic-run hospitals. A couple of days ago, there were leakages at two different plants from where we import oxygen, so we called in for an Oxygen Express.”Officials also believe that had these precautionary steps been taken two weeks ago, many more lives could have been saved and panic could have been prevented in the city.The first experiment to save oxygen was conducted at the Shivajinagar COVID jumbo centre and worked well. College of Engineering, Pune (CoEP) jumbo unit dean Shreyansh Kapale affirmed, “We have successfully managed to overcome the oxygen crisis since last month. This has helped us save several tonnes of oxygen and we have set an example.”PCMC deputy commissioner Smita Zagade echoed, “The administration tried out several ways to use available oxygen judiciously and the situation is not as critical compared to April.”On the so-called belated provisions via railways, divisional railway manager Renu Sharma said, “This is the first train carrying oxygen that is coming to Pune. We had made arrangements two weeks prior for it. We have basically acted as transporters and readied ramps, entry and exit points — our role ends there. It’s upon the state and district administration to decide as to where these tankers will go further. From the railway station onwards, the regional transport office has taken charge.”
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