Indian Railways will start 'Kisan Rail' service for farmers

Aug 6 2020, To give relief to the farmers, Indian Railways has introduced a new train. Indian Railways is going to start its first 'Kisan Rail' service from August 7 to transport fruits and vegetables. Railways said on Thursday that the first such train would run between Devlali in Maharashtra to Danapur in Bihar.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced the running of 'Kisan Rail' to transport products like perishable fruits and vegetables in the budget presented in February this year. Under this Public Private Partnership (PPP) scheme, there will be a system of transportation of farmer produce along with cold storage.

The Railway Ministry said in a statement, 'In order to establish a better supply chain for perishable agricultural products in this year's budget, it has been announced to run' Kisan Rail '. The Railway Ministry is running the first such farmer train from Devlali to Danapur on August 7 at 11 am. This train will run on weekly basis. The statement said that this train, traveling 1,519 kilometers, will reach Danapur (Bihar) at 7.45 pm the next day after about 32 hours.

The Bhusaval Division of the Central Railway is primarily an agro-based division and produces large quantities of fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, onions and other agricultural products in Nashik and its surrounding areas. These products deteriorate quickly if not maintained properly. These agricultural products are sent from these areas of Nashik to Patna in Bihar, Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, Katni, Satna in Madhya Pradesh and other areas. Kisan Rail will work to deliver these products to the destination. The train will halt at Nashik Road, Manmad, Jalgaon, Bhusawal, Burhanpur, Khandwa, Itarsi, Jabalpur, Satna, Katni, Manikpur, Prayagraj Cheoki, Pandindayal Upadhyay Nagar and Buxar.

The facility to carry fruits and vegetables along with the facility of air conditioning was first proposed in the budget of 2009-10 by then Mamta Banerjee, the then Railway Minister, but it could not be started.