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Tomar, Goyal flag off first 'Kisan Rail'
By TOG News Service
Aug 08, 2020

TOG NEWS SERVICE, NEW DELHI, AUG 08, 2020: INDIAN Railways introduced first "Kisan Rail" from Devlali to Danapur today on 07/08/2020 from Devlali. The train was 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 & Industry, Piyush Goyal.

The event was attended by Minister of State of Railways, Mr Suresh C. Angadi,  Minister of State of Panchayati Raj, Agriculture and Farmers Welfare,  Mr Parshottam Rupala, Minister of State of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Mr Kailash Chaudhary, Minister of State of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution,  Mr Raosaheb Patil Danve, Leader of Opposition, Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, Mr Devendra Fadnavis, Minister of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection, Government of Maharashtra, Mr Chhagan Bhujbal, and other dignitaries.

The train will run on weekly basis with initial composition of 10 +1 VPs. The train will reach Danapur at 18:45 hrs. tomorrow covering the journey of 1519 kms. in 31:45 hrs.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Narendra Singh Tomar said, "It is a great day for farmers. Kisan Rail was announced in the budget. Agriculture produce needs best possible distribution and returns. Indian farmers have proved that they would never be deterred by any calamity or challenge. Kisan Rail will ensure that agro products reach from one corner to another corner of the country. This train will also benefit the farmers and the consumers."

Kisan Rail will be game changer in ensuring a fast transportation of agriculture produce across the nation. Mr Tomar praised Indian Railways for maintenance of foodgrains supply chain during Covid times.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Piyush Goyal said, "Indian Railways has put trains in service of Farmers. It was the guidance and inspiration by the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi ji that Indian Railways have started Kisan Rail. This train will serve as a milestone in doubling Farmers' income. Indian Railways and Farmers had been forefront in battle against Covid challenges. Foodgrains freight was doubled during the period. Interest of Indian Farmers is being looked after like never before. I am looking forward to see the day when apples of Kashmir reach Kanyakumari through Kisan Rail."

Over Central Railway, Bhusawal Division is primarily an Agro based division. Nasik and surrounding region produces 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.

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.

The chargeable rates for major pair of stations are as under:

Freight per Tonne:

Nasik Road/Devlali to Danapur

Rs. 4001

Manmad to Danapur

Rs. 3849

Jalgaon to Danapur

Rs. 3513

Bhusawal to Danapur

Rs. 3459

Burhanpur to Danapur

Rs. 3323

Khandwa to Danapur

Rs. 3148

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 with frozen containers is expected to build a seamless national cold supply chain for perishables, inclusive of fish, meat and milk.

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 like Pomegranate, Banana, Grapes etc and vegetables like Capsicum, Cauliflower, Drumsticks, Cabbage, Onion,Chillies etc. Aggressive marketing is being done with local farmers, loaders, APMC and individuals. Demand is being aggregated. It is expected that the train will be patronised well and will be a great help to the farmers, as freight of this train will be charged as per parcel tariff of normal train (P Scale).