Minister of Finance made an announcement on the introduction of Kisan Rail from Devlali (Maharashtra) to Danapur(Bihar) to be operationalized by the 7th of August.
The train flagged off via video conference by Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, and Ministry of Railways Piyush Goyal.
Other influential guests from Maharashtra marked the event. It would run on a weekly basis on the composition of 10+1 VP’s. The train would reach the next day at 18:54 hrs, covering a distance of 1519 km in 31:45 hrs.
The introduction of this train would supply a chain of perishable products. This is a significant step towards realizing the goal of doubling farmer incomes by 2022.
The train would help in bringing agricultural products such as vegetables, fruits to the market in a very short span of time. The train is expected with frozen containers to build a seamless national cold supply chain for perishables such as fish, meat, and milk.
Bhusawal division is known to be a primary Agro-based division, whereas Nasik and its surrounding region yield immense quantities of fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, onions, and other products. These would be basically transported to areas like Patna, Prayagraj, Katni, Satna, etc.
Facilities like cold storage have been matured at Dadri. In addition to that, Fresh and Healthy Enterprise Limited has been redeveloped as Agriculture Logistic Center at Rai in Sonepat. This is a 100 percent subsidiary of CONCOR, developed in an area of 16.40 acres of land.
The train is provided with schedules halts at 14 stations. Indian railways have earlier run single commodity special trains like Banana Specials, but this would be the first-ever multi-commodity train. Aggressive marketing would be done with local farmers, loaders, APMC, and individuals.
It is expected that the train would be patronised well, and would be a great help to the farmers. It is believed that despite the difficulties brought by the pandemic outbreak, farmers and the Railway officials assured there would be no deficiency of food supply.
Written By Mousami Jena
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