The railways on Friday formulated a policy of transporting liquid medical oxygen in cryogenic tankers after advocacy by the government of Maharashtra, one of the states worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The policy, released late Friday night, said cryogenic tankers would be transported as a paid roll on roll service to various destinations across the states.

The circular said Maharashtra’s health secretary had requested the transport of medical oxygen in cryogenic containers.

“The matter has been examined. The competent authority has approved the transport of liquid medical oxygen in cryogenic containers,” he said, detailing the charges to be collected for the service.

The circular states that personnel accompanying liquid oxygen trucks to be loaded on the Ro-Ro service will be charged a second class ticket for the trip and that only two people will be allowed to accompany the truck.

The empty flow direction of the containers will also be invoiced by the railways.

Maharashtra is among the states most affected by the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this week, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said there was a shortage of medical oxygen in the state and sought the support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to resolve the issue.

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