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First Kisan Rail

First Kisan Rail

Context:

Indian Railways introduced the first “Kisan Rail” from Devlali to Danapur.

Details:

  • 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,

Timings:

  • 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.

Benefits:

  • 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.

Source: PIB