First Kisan Rail
First Kisan Rail
Indian Railways introduced the first “Kisan Rail” from Devlali to Danapur.
- Kisan Rail was announced in the budget. Agriculture produce needs the best possible distribution and returns.
- This train has been provided scheduled halts at Nasik Road, Manmad, Jalgaon, Bhusaval, Burhanpur, Khandwa, Itarsi, Jabalpur, Satna, Katni, Manikpur, Prayagraj Chheoki, Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay Nagar and Buxar.
- Indian Railways aims to help double farmers’ income with the launch of Kisan Rail. This train will help in bringing perishable agricultural products like vegetables, fruits to the market in a short period of time.
- The train is currently planned with 10 parcel vans with a total capacity to carry 238 tonnes of cargo. For now,
- The train will be a weekly service operating every Friday form Deolali, and returning on Sunday from Danapur.
- The scheduled time of a one-way journey is 31 hrs 45 minutes. This travel time is 15 hours less than the time taken in transporting such produce by road
- Any farmer, or any other interested party, can directly book their consignments without any lower limit on the size of the consignment.
- The consignment can be as small as 50-100 kgs and can be booked from any stopping station to any other stopping station.
- Kisan Rail will ensure that agro-products reach from one corner to another corner of the country. This train will also benefit farmers and consumers.
- Kisan Rail will be a game-changer in ensuring the fast transportation of agriculture products across the nation.
- This train will serve as a milestone in doubling Farmers’ income. The train with frozen containers is expected to build a seamless national cold supply chain for perishables, inclusive of fish, meat and milk.
- Over Central Railway, Bhusawal Division is primarily an Agro-based division. Nasik and the surrounding region produces a huge quantity 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.
- Indian Railways have earlier run single commodity special trains like Banana Specials etc. But this will be the first-ever multi-commodity trains and will carry fruits and vegetables. It is expected that the train will be patronised well and will be a great help to the farmers, as the freight of this train will be charged as per parcel tariff of the normal train.
- The Kisan Rail will lower the transport time of perishable by 15 hours and reduce the cost of farmers by Rs 1,000 per tonne when compared with ferrying by road.