In pursuance of announcement made by the Finance Minister in Union Budget 2020-21, Indian Railways is all set to introduce “Kisan Rail”, a special Parcel Train from Devlali (Maharashtra) to Danapur (Bihar) on Friday. The train will provide a seamless supply chain of perishable produce.
The move is expected to provide a great relief to the farmers as freight will be charged as per parcel tariff of normal train at ‘P’ Scale
In the Union Budget 2020-21, the Minister of Finance had made an announcement ‘to build a seamless national cold supply chain for perishables, inclusive of milk, meat, and fish’. It was also stated that the Indian Railways will set up a Kisan Rail.
As announced in the current year’s Union Budget by the Finance Minister, Indian Railways is introducing the first “Kisan Rail” from Devlali to Danapur Friday from Devlali.
The train will be flagged off via video conferencing by Union Minister of agriculture and farmers’ welfare, rural development and panchyati raj Narendra Singh Tomar and Minister of Railways and Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal.
A senior railways official said that the event shall be attended by other dignitaries from Maharashtra. The train will reach Danapur at 18:45 hrs on the next day covering the journey of 1519 kms in 31:45 hrs.
“The train will provide a seamless supply chain of perishable produce. This train is a step towards realizing the goal of doubling farmers’ incomes by 2022. Indian Railways aims to help double farmers’ income with the launch of Kisan Rail,” he said.
The official further said that this train will help in bringing perishable agricultural products like vegetables, fruits to the market in a short period of time. The train with frozen containers is expected to build a seamless national cold supply chain for perishables, inclusive of fish, meat and milk, he said.
“Over Central Railway, Bhusawal division is primarily an Agro based division. Nasik and the surrounding region produces huge quantities of fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, other perishables, onions and other agro products. These perishables are mainly transported to areas around Patna, Prayagraj, Katni, Satna etc,” he said.
This train has scheduled halts at Nasik Road, Manmad, Jalgaon, Bhusaval, Burhanpur, Khandwa, Itarsi, Jabalpur, Satna, Katni, Manikpur, Prayagraj Chheoki, Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay Nagar and Buxar.